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More Snow Likely!

26 February 2018   Dr. Curtis James

Don’t put away your snow gear yet!

Forecast Discussion:

Don’t let the sunny skies today fool you! Another cold low pressure system is rapidly developing along the California Coast, with a cold front forming around the surface low. The storm system is anticipated to move across central Arizona tomorrow afternoon – Wednesday morning, with Prescott positioned just to the north of the upper-level low (which is good positioning for snow accumulation). The cold front will move through Arizona on late Tuesday afternoon or evening. Expect mostly cloudy, breezy/very breezy conditions tomorrow, turning colder. There will be a chance of rain or snow showers during the afternoon hours on Tuesday, with possibly some snow accumulation. The snow accumulation will likely be wet/slushy snow as the temperatures will be above freezing in the afternoon hours. The best snow accumulation, will be during the late afternoon and evening hours on Tuesday, as temperatures will drop below freezing. Roads could become slick with packed snow or ice on Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations will likely be about 2” on the north side of town (including the airport), with higher amounts possible in the higher elevations around town and to the lee of the mountains on the south and west side of Prescott. Up to 6” is possible above 6,000’.

Snow showers will taper off quickly on Wednesday morning. No more precipitation is expected the rest of the week, although another storm system moving through the Great Basin late in the week is expected to produce partly cloudy and windy conditions (especially Friday). Otherwise, expect a gradual warming trend Thursday through the coming weekend.

C. James

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