This Story Brought To You By
Below-freezing temperatures expected in Valley, light snow in northern Arizona
Audrey Jensen | Arizona Republic
Nick Avila for (CNT) City News Talk #phoenix-metro
It’s time to put away the umbrellas and put on your winter jackets.
Almost a week after the most significant rainfall Phoenix has seen since August, the Phoenix area is expected to hit near or below-freezing temperatures in some areas over the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
“It’s going to be quite chilly tomorrow morning and especially Wednesday morning,” said Mark O’Malley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
Areas like Maricopa, south Chandler, San Tan Valley and Casa Grande will see below-freezing temperatures, while isolated areas will hit near freezing, according to the weather service.
“Once you get to the suburbs, outer parts of the city, those areas will be much more likely to hit freezing,” O’Malley said.
But the majority of metro Phoenix will hover just above freezing at 34 or 35 degrees, O’Malley said.
Phoenix will also have dry conditions in addition to the colder weather. No rainfall is expected in the next week, O’Malley said. On Wednesday morning, O’Malley said he recommends people cover or bring non-native plants indoors.
In northern Arizona, a cold front and scattered light snow showers will occur throughout Monday north of Interstate 40, according to the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.
“In terms of snow accumulations, most places would receive only a light dusting,” said Robert Rickey, a meteorologist with the weather service in Flagstaff.
But the snow might be intense at times, so people could see short periods of challenging driving conditions on Monday, Rickey said.
After snow showers and wind gusts of up to 35 mph on Monday, northern Arizona will see some warmer temperatures on Tuesday, Rickey said.
Northern Arizona may see winds and colder temperatures moving into Thursday and Friday, but chances of “meaningful” snow accumulations are low, according to Rickey.
Temperatures in southern Arizona will be warmer on Monday, cooler on Tuesday and warm up again for the rest of the week before more cool temperatures on Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Tucson.