Date & Time: 11/30/2023 @ 10:00 AM MST
Forecaster: Henz, D.
Our first of two disturbances made its way across the state overnight bringing higher terrain snow and a colder airmass across AZ. As expected, we didn’t get much in the way of rain across the County outside of a few sprinkles across our far northern and eastern zones. As of mid-morning, we’re in a brief quiet period before the next, more dynamic, weather system arrives tonight before pushing east of the region Friday night. This next system will bring scattered lower desert showers/rain and additional higher terrain snow. Moving ahead we’ll see well below normal temperatures over the upcoming weekend before warmer weather arrives next week.
Enjoy the sunny conditions the remainder of the morning before increasing high clouds into the afternoon hours. Daytime temperatures will still warm into the 64˚F-67˚F range around the Valley. Light and variable winds will give way to breezier conditions this evening/tonight with gusts around 10-20mph. The bulk of the shower/rain activity will begin after 6pm with primetime lasting from 9pm through lunchtime Friday. Most locations will end up seeing light rain with lucky lower desert areas and favored upslope regions picking up the larger totals (see below). It’s also worth noting, there may be difficult driving conditions if heading into the high country later tonight into Friday with measurable snow expected along the Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, and around the Flagstaff area.
For tomorrow plan lingering morning showers especially across our eastern zones. Afternoon temperatures will remain limited to the low to mid 60s around the Valley. Additional wrap around light showers will be possible through the afternoon before general clearing into the evening. When all is said and done tomorrow, most lower desert locations including the Phoenix Valley will see anywhere from a trace-0.25” with foothills and higher terrain areas north/east of Phoenix picking up 0.25”-0.75”. Moving ahead to the weekend plan on a return to sunnier skies and dry conditions. Morning lows will be chilly dipping into the 40s but afternoon temperatures will rebound nicely reaching well into the 60s
Nothing today with active weather ahead.
Today’s Climate Context:
Normal High 70˚F (Record Warmest 84˚F in 1949; Record Coolest 50°F in 1991)
Normal Low 48˚F (Record Warmest 62˚F in 2017; Record Coolest 30°F in 1911)
Daily Record Precipitation (1.23” in 2007)
Today’s Sunset (Daylight Hours) – 5:20 PM; Friday’s Sunrise – 7:14 AM
Moon Phase – Waning Gibbous (90%)