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Look for Snow and Icy Roads Featured

Dr. Curtis James, Professor of Meteorology, ERAU February 14, 2023 310

Look for cool temperatures and stormy weather this week.

Big Idea

  • This week is starting out stormy with rain and snow
  • Two back to back storms are working throwkds
  • Possible accumulation of 3-6 inches
  • Roads will be slick and icy
  • Read more...

 If you can stay home Monday, Tuesday, do that! 

Forecast Summary:

Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered light snow showers. Some additional light snow accumulation possible of up to half an inch possible during the day. Becoming breezy overnight. High in the lower 40s. 

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and windy, with south to southwest wind up to 45 mph (especially in the morning) and a good chance of snow showers from the late morning to late evening hours. Snow levels will hover around 5,000’ during the day, then drop down to 2,500’ during the evening. Total snow accumulations of 2” – 4” by Tuesday night, with packed snow possible on the roads in the late afternoon to evening. Higher snow amounts at higher elevations, lower snow amounts at lower elevations.. Low in the upper 20s. High in the mid 30s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and breezy, with possibly packed snow and ice on the roads in the morning and blowing snow possibly dropping visibilities. Winds turning to a northwesterly direction, with gusts up to 30 mph. 

Thursday – Saturday: Mostly clear and cold, but with a warming trend. Morning lows in the lower teens Thursday, warming into the upper 20s on Saturday. Afternoon highs in the lower 40s on Thursday to the lower 50s on Saturday. Becoming breezy on Saturday afternoon and evening, with increasing high clouds.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain or snow showers. Low near 30, high in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

Forecast Table:

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/wxtables/

 

Navigate on the map to your location and click for a detailed local forecast.

 

Forecast Discussion:

The first of two back-to-back low pressure systems is moving through Arizona today, and will bring some light snow showers, with little accumulation possible. A second stronger and colder system will dive down out of the north tomorrow (Tuesday) to bring very windy conditions, especially early in the day, with snow showers possible from the late morning to late evening. Snow levels will hover around 5,000’ during the day, so expect 1-2” of wet snow and slushy conditions by late Tuesday afternoon, but then snow levels will drop during the evening with another 1-2” of snow accumulation.

Roads on Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning could have packed snow or ice, with the possibility of blowing snow dropping visibilities to near zero. Higher snow amounts possible at higher elevations around town. 

C. James

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Embry-Riddle Prescott Meteorology Website:

http://meteo.pr.erau.edu/

This has a selection of model forecast products and other links.

Official National Weather Service Forecast:

https://www.weather.gov/wrh/WxTable

This clickable map will give you an official detailed local weather forecast for any location in the Western U.S.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:56
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