Snow day? 1-3 inches could fall around Tucson, high winds forecast overnight
Valley snow & high winds across region Wednesday night, NWS says
Snow could fall across Southern Arizona overnight Wednesday, with flakes accumulating as low as 2,500 feet and the Tucson metro area seeing anything from a trace to 1-3 inches. High winds, with gusts of 55-60 mph or more, are forecast, officials said.
A winter weather advisory and winter storm warning will be in effect for areas of Southern Arizona overnight. A gale warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the northern stretches of the Gulf of California.
Up to 14 inches of snow could hit the higher elevations of mountain ranges, with 2-6 inches expected between 4,000 and 5,000 feet. Below that, snow could fall in areas as low as 2,500 feet in the valleys, including within Tucson.
The warning will be in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 11 a.m. Thursday, in areas above 4,000 feet. The advisory will cover the same period, in the metro area and other valleys in the region.
A wind advisory covers Arizona's western deserts, where gusts could hit 45 mph, NWS said.
Drivers should "plan on slippery road conditions" and "keep an extra flashlight, food and water" in their vehicles if they must travel, NWS said. Bridges are likely to by icy.
Areas such as Oracle could see up to 6 inches of snow, officials said.