Winter storms are coming to Arizona this week!
PHOENIX – Back-to-back winter storms are on the way!
We’re tracking valley rain, high country snow, gusty winds and significant cold weather this week across Arizona.
This will impact travel and outdoor activities, including the Phoenix Open. So, we’re heading to a series of ABC15 weather business days Tuesday through Friday.
Take action to prepare for a windy week and make sure your vehicle is prepared for high-altitude winter driving conditions.
The first storm will move in on Tuesday and Wednesday and scattered showers will still be possible behind it on Thursday. Then another storm will move in on Friday.
Winter storm warnings It takes effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night in areas above 6,000 feet in Yavapai County, along the Mogollon Rim and in the White Mountains.
Snow levels will drop to about 6,500 feet by Tuesday night before falling to about 5,000 feet Wednesday evening.
Places like Flagstaff, Williamsburg and Forest Lakes could end up with nearly a foot of snow from this first storm and another foot from Thursday into Saturday.
Road conditions will deteriorate quickly across the high country once snow begins to fall on Tuesday. Be careful of smooth, snow-covered roads and areas where there is snow and low visibility.
Wind speeds may reach 50 miles per hour in parts of northeastern and southeastern Arizona, where Wind warnings It will take effect on Tuesday.
Valley gusts will peak near 35 mph Tuesday afternoon and it will remain breezy at times Wednesday and Thursday.
By Tuesday evening, widespread rain is expected throughout the Phoenix metro area. Scattered rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue for the rest of the week as well.
Over the course of the week, we could pick up anywhere from a half inch to an inch and a half of rain across our valley neighborhoods.
This is likely to lead to longer than usual journeys, water accumulation on roads and even flood areas.
Flood hours It is in effect Tuesday and Wednesday in parts of central and western Arizona, including the Valley. Do not attempt to drive through flooded areas or flooded roads. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
If you are headed to any Phoenix Open event, be prepared for rain and thunderstorms that may cause delays or require you to seek shelter.
The weather also becomes colder as these storms move. Look for valley highs in the upper 60s on Tuesday and upper 50s to low 60s for the rest of the week.
Early morning lows will be in the 40s valley-wide by Thursday morning.
Total rainfall for 2024:
Official rainfall in Sky Harbor: 1.32 inches (+0.32 inches from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Precipitation Index): 1.39″
Total rainfall for 2023:
Official rainfall in Sky Harbor: 4.21 inches (-3.01 inches from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Precipitation Index): 5.47″
Daily rainfall reports can be viewed from across the valley here.
Phoenix is getting drier – average rainfall is now down
Average seasonal rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 2.71 inches of rain
New average monsoon rainfall for Phoenix (1991-2020): 2.43 inches of rain
Average annual rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 8:03 inches of rain
New average annual rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 7.22 inches of rain
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