Date & Time: 02/20/2018 7:45 AM MST
Forecaster: Henz, D.
Yesterday’s disturbance and attendant cold front brought widespread windy conditions across the state and even high elevation snow along with some light rain across portions of the County. Heading into today, a much colder air mass has settled across the region lending to well-below normal temperatures and near freezing temperatures to come overnight. Moving ahead, the upper-level pattern will remain unsettled with general troughing draped across the western US through the week. Temperatures will remain limited to the upper 50s to low 60s each day with chilly overnight lows. Several disturbances will move across the Desert Southwest, the most notable, arriving on Friday with another shot of cold air, breezy conditions, and lower desert rain/high terrain snow chances.
For today plan on a return to clear and sunny skies. Despite the sun, afternoon temperatures will remain limited to the 56˚F-59˚F range around the Valley with higher terrain locales in the low 50s. West/southwest winds will hover in the 2-7mph range with no gusts of any consequence throughout the day. Overnight lows will dip into the upper to mid 30s around the urban corridor with many outlying communities reaching the freezing mark before sunrise tomorrow. Make sure to cover all non-native plants and bring the pets indoors!
For tomorrow plan on sunny skies early on before an uptick in passing high clouds into the afternoon/evening. Daytime highs will remain tempered in the 58˚F-60˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will remain in the light category with no gusts of any consequence. Heading into Thursday, temperatures will rebound into the low 60s around the Valley under mostly sunny skies with increasing breezes. As mentioned above, our next noteworthy disturbance will arrive overnight Thursday into Friday. As of now, expecting another shot of colder air, breezy conditions, and light rain/snow chances beginning early Friday morning and continuing into the evening hours. More details on this in tomorrow’s Outlook.