Nicer Weather This Week, Except Thursday, That is! Featured

The weather is looking pretty good this week - just don't pack away that raincoat yet!


Forecast Summary:

Monday – Wednesday: Mostly sunny and becoming warmer, and breezy in the afternoons, except becoming windy on Wednesday with southwest wind gusting to near 40 mph. Increasing high clouds Wed. afternoon - evening. Highs warming into the mid 60s, lows in the upper 20s to 30s. 

Thursday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with light rain/snow showers developing in the early morning, changing to all snow showers during the day. Snow levels around 5,000’. Some accumulation of wet snow possible up to an inch or so during heavier showers, but melting quickly. Liquid equivalent precipitation amounts 0.1”-0.25”. Low temperature in the 30s. High in the upper 40s.

Friday – Sunday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Lows warming from the 20s to the 30s. Highs warming from the lower 50s to the mid 60s over the weekend. Some breezes and high clouds, especially Saturday – Sunday as another weak weather disturbance moves through. 

Forecast Table:


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Forecast Discussion:

Ridging over the southwest will give way to another upper-level trough on Thursday. The trough will be fast moving and tap into limited moisture, however. Expect light rain/snow mixed changing to snow showers on Thursday morning with light accumulations possible and significant cooling.

Warming again through the rest of the week as high pressure prevails, despite a weak upper-level disturbance on Saturday to Sunday embedded in the ridge.

March will end up being much wetter than normal. Precipitation totals will end up being over 2” at the airport and up to 5” or more near the mountains around town this month. Local creeks and washes are still running, and local lakes are full. 

C. James


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Last modified on Wednesday, 29 March 2023 02:24
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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.