TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A push of freezing air moves into Arizona to day with another wave of winter rain and snow moving over Arizona Saturday night.
This second winter storm will reinforce the cold air taking over the state.
Click here for details the Freeze Warning in effect tonight.
Click here for details on how to protect plants from freezing temperatures.
Click here for details on how to protect pipes from freezing.
Below is a breakdown of the storms, along with links to online resources that will keep you safe during the storm.
- Rain will taper off in Tucson around lunchtime, but Cochise and Santa Cruz counties will continue to see on and off showers through the day. As cold air sweeps into the area, some of that rain will change over to snow.
- Snow levels drop to 4000' by late Thursday afternoon. Most locations in Southeast Arizona remain below the snow level, but some higher elevation towns and cities could see an icy mix of rain/snow. Snow could be seen in Bisbee at 5600', Sonoita 4970', Dragoon 4615', Sierra Vista 4600', Naco 4600', Tombstone 4540', and Willcox 4300'. No major accumulations are expected as these lower elevations.
- Temperatures will drop below freezing by Friday morning for much of Southeast Arizona including in Tucson. There is a Freeze Warning if effect for the low deserts.
- Cover sensitive plants in the yard and garden. For tips on how to protect the different kinds of plants in your backyard click here. Plus insulate exposed water pipes. Generally pipes do not start freezing until temperatures stick to the 20s for many hours overnight, however it is the time of year to be cautious of this threat.
- Temperatures will be below average through the weekend with Tucson morning lows in the 30s and highs only in the 50s. Keep the sensitive plants in the yard protected through the weekend. Freezing temperatures are possible in areas through the weekend.
- Saturday night another wave of energy brings more rain and mountain snow to the area. With the cold already in place and the storm moving overnight, light snow is possible as low as 3000'. This means a there could be a dusting of snow in Oracle for the start of the Tucson Marathon Sunday morning. Stay warm!
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