Weather Outlook

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Date & Time: 02/22/2019 7:30 AM MST

Forecaster: Henz, D.

Synopsis:
It’s been an active 24hrs as a major winter storm slowly moves across the state. We’ve seen healthy rain totals across the lower deserts ranging from around 0.50” out west to 1.00”-2.00” across our northern and eastern zones. The east and southeast valley was hit the hardest overnight with reports of localized urban flooding. Significant snow continues to fall across the high country breaking records. Meanwhile, we’ve got reports of snow around the outskirts of Phoenix in Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. This system will bring a final round of shower/storm activity through this evening before finally exiting the state. A slow drying and warming trend is then expected over the weekend.

This morning plan on soggy conditions with lingering light rain/snow showers mainly across our eastern and northern zones. Daytime highs will remain tempered only briefly warming into the 49˚F-52˚F range. West winds will hover in the 5-10mph range with localized greater gusts. Expect a final round of showers/storms late morning lasting into this evening before conditions clear. Stronger storms will be capable of moderate/heavy rainfall and small hail. Some of these showers could also temporarily lower snow levels to around 2,000ft. Given how much precipitation has already fallen overnight, conditions will be monitored closely the remainder of the day and updates/statements will be issued if necessary. 

Plan on a chilly start to Saturday (overnight lows in the 30s) before a return to sunny and dry conditions. Afternoon highs will slowly climb into the mid 50s. Variable winds will remain in the light category throughout the day with no gusts of any consequence. Similar conditions will persist into Sunday though temperatures will rebound into the 60s. A slow warming and drying trend will continue into next week with daily highs expected to return to the low 70s by Tuesday.

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