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Photos: Winter storm dumps snow in Tucson, hard freeze coming

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A woman carrying a University of Arizona umbrella heads to class as snow falls around the UA campus. - Paul Ingram/

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A winter storm brought slushy snow and freezing rain to most of Tucson on Friday morning. The city will face rain and snow showers, with highs as low as 38 degrees, and up to an inch of snow. And, a hard freeze warning will be in effect Friday night.

Up on Mt. Lemmon, more than three feet of snow fell overnight, blanketing the peaks of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

A hard freeze warning will be in effect in the Tucson metro area, along with Nogales, Green Valley, Marana, Vail, Mammoth, Oralce, Sierra Vista, Benson, Willcox, Clifton and Safford, from midnight Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday, the National 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 28 degrees, and even lower in washes and low-lying areas.

Along with creating hazardous driving conditions, the freezing temperatures may cause potential power outages by weighing down electrical lines and tree limbs with ice.

Temperatures will drop to 28 degrees or below, with the lower elevations of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties seeing temperatures in the low 20s. Eastern Pima County, including Tucson, and southeastern Pinal County will see temps in the mid to upper 20s.

The lowest temperatures are expected just before dawn, the Weather Service said.

A freeze warning will be in effect Friday night for the deserts west of Tucson, including Sells and Ajo. Temperatures there will fall to between 28 and 32 degrees. relies on contributions from our readers to support our reporting on Tucson's civic affairs. Donate to today!
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East of Tucson, a winter storm warning is in effect, with heavy snow in the mountains. Total snow accumulations could hit 10-20 inches above 4,500 feet, and 20-40 inches or more above that.

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