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We’re looking at wintry weather this week!

Monday – Wednesday: The weather was very windy Monday, with gusts as high as 50 MPH. It will be mostly cloudy and much colder through Wednesday. There's a chance of light rain/snow showers on Tuesday. Then, accumulating snow of 4”- 6” expected in the Prescott area Tuesday night – Wednesday. Winds will be from the southwest this afternoon 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. Maximum gusts up to 30 mph on Tuesday, less windy on Wednesday. High temperatures will drop from near 50 today to the mid 30s on Wednesday. Morning lows will drop from the lower 30s today to the upper 20s on Wednesday.

Thursday – Sunday: Mostly sunny and cold, but becoming gradually warmer through the weekend. Some breezes Thursday and Friday afternoon. Afternoon highs from around 40 on Thursday to the upper 50s by Sunday. Morning lows from the mid teens on Thursday to the mid 20s by Sunday.

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A weak upper-level trough will move across the Great Basin and northern Arizona tonight to tomorrow, strengthening the pressure gradients and bringing cooler weather behind it. The NWS has issued a wind advisory for Arizona from 11 am this morning through 9 pm this evening. A chance of light rain showers is possible.

The big story, however, is a colder and bigger trough expected to dive down the West Coast tomorrow and move across Arizona tomorrow night to – Thursday morning. Expect 15 degrees of cooling between today and Wednesday, and the possibility of accumulating snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Expect snow of 4” – 6” during this period around the Prescott area, with totals of 6” – 12” in the Bradshaw mountains south of town.

Another weak trough will move through the Great Basin, helping to keep the temperatures cool through Friday, but we should see a gradual warming trend Thursday - Sunday.


C. James


Curtis N. James, Ph.D.
Professor of Meteorology

Applied Aviation Sciences

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Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
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Dr. Curtis N. James, Ph.D.

Curtis N. James, Ph. D. Is a Professor of Meteorology at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences.

He has taught courses in beginning meteorology, aviation weather, thunderstorms, satellite and radar imagery interpretation, atmospheric physics, mountain meteorology, tropical meteorology and weather forecasting techniques for over 16 years. He participates in ERAU’s Study Abroad program, offering alternating summer programs each year in Switzerland and Brazil.

He earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington (2004) and participated in the Mesoscale Alpine Programme (MAP; 1999), an international field research project in the European Alps. His research specialties include radar, mesoscale, and mountain meteorology. He earned his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona (1995), during which time he gained two years of operational experience as a student intern with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tucson, Arizona (1993-1995).

Dr. James is a native of Arizona where he currently resides with his wife and five children. He is active in his community, having served on the Prescott SciTechFest Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Children's Museum Alliance, Inc. On his spare time, he enjoys weather watching, backpacking, camping, fishing, caving, mountain biking, acting, and music. He is an Eagle Scout and serves as the scoutmaster for a local scout troop.


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