Clear, cold night: Hard freeze warning for Tucson
The National Weather Service is warning of widespread freezing weather in the Tucson area Wednesday night, with temperatures dropping into the 20s before dawn Thursday. Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night.
A hard freeze warning will be in effect from 1 a.m. through 9 a.m. Thursday, with temperatures lower than 32 degrees in the forecast, officials said. Some areas could drop to 26 degrees, NWS said.
With cloud cover moving out of the area, winter weather advisories have expired in the mountain areas, but those clearing skies mean temperatures will fall well below freezing for much of Southern Arizona, officials said. About 2.5 inches of fresh snow fell on Summerhaven, stop the Santa Catalina Mountains, with snow levels dropping to about 4,000 feet.
Freezing is expected throughout the Tucson area, with the city, Green Valley, Vail, Marana, Oro Valley and Oracle covered by the warning, which extends west onto the Tohono O'odham Nation.
The lowest temperatures are expected just before dawn, the Weather Service said.
Wrap your pipes, cover your plants, bring your pets inside and be kind to people who are outdoors at night. NWS is forecasting temperatures may drop as low as 26 degrees, and even lower in washes and low-lying areas.
A freeze warning is in effect for the Casa Grande area, as well, with temperatures there forecast to drop to 29 degrees. That warning includes the Florence and Coolidge areas. The San Carlos and Globe/Miami areas are covered by a hard freeze warning, with temperatures poised to drop to as low as 24 degrees, officials said.