Unsettled Weather This Week Featured

Whatever your weather, you’ll probably sample it this week.



Big Idea

  • Clouds, rain, snow, and warm sunshine are all in the forecast this week.
  • Snow accumulation is expected to be minimal
  • The weekend should be nice.
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If you don’t like today’s weather, maybe you’ll like tomorrow's.


Forecast Summary:


Monday – Tuesday: Becoming mostly cloudy by Tuesday morning with likely rain and snow showers, changing to snow showers. Possibly up to an inch of wet snow accumulation at 5,000’ elevation, and 1”-2” accumulation above 6,000’. Embedded weak thundershowers are also possible with this system. Liquid water equivalent expected to be between 0.10” and 0.30” around the Prescott quad-city area. Breezy and much cooler, with highs dropping from the upper 50s on Monday into the mid 40s on Tuesday.



Wednesday: Partly cloudy, breezy and a bit warmer with perhaps a slight chance of rain showers or weak thundershowers. Lows in the lower 30s, and highs in the lower 50s.


Thursday – Friday: Partly cloudy and breezy to windy, especially on Thursday. Possibly some light showers. Morning lows in the lower 30s. 


Saturday – Sunday: Mostly sunny, with light afternoon breezes. Highs warming into the 60s or lower 70s and lows rising into the upper 30s by Sunday. 


Forecast Table:


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Several troughs are on tap to swing down across Arizona from the northwest this week. The first and strongest will move through tomorrow (Tuesday), with a good chance of rain showers/mixed with snow showers. Elevations above 6,000’ may receive 1”-2” of snow, with most of the Prescott area receiving between a trace to under 1” of snow. As the trough swings through, it will be associated with a surface cold front, dropping daytime by 10-15 degrees cooler than Monday. The atmosphere may become slightly unstable as the cold upper core of the trough swings through, for possibly some isolated weak thundershowers. A weak shortwave trough will swing across the state behind the main trough for some isolated lingering showers or thundershowers Wednesday, mainly over the eastern half of Arizona.


Another trough is expected on Thursday afternoon - Friday, bringing breezy to windy conditions, especially Thursday afternoon. This trough may produce some isolated rain showers, but little or no accumulation is expected.


On Saturday – Sunday there is considerable disagreement in the computer model forecasts, but the most likely scenario is that high pressure will build over the West, with sunny skies, light breezes and a pronounced warming trend expected.


C. James



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

Applied Aviation Sciences

Prescott Campus

Met Mail is an unofficial weather discussion and forecast transmitted once or twice a week via e-mail by the Embry-Riddle Department of Meteorology (http://meteo.pr.erau.edu/). Embry-Riddle offers an undergraduate bachelor-of-science degree program in Applied Meteorology. Please spread the word to all potential qualified candidates!

Further Information:

ERAU Applied Meteorology degree program

Official National Weather Service forecast

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