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NWS: More mountain snow for Catalinas & Rincons

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NWS: More mountain snow for Catalinas & Rincons

  • Mt. Lemmon
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains, including Mount Lemmon and Oracle, which will be in effect Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon.

Widespread snowfall will increase as the storm moves from west to east Wednesday afternoon along a cold front, tapering off during the day Thursday, the agency said. Travel in the mountains will be difficult, they said.

South to southwest winds of 15-25 mph are predicted for Wednesday, with gusts of 35 mph possible. 

Snow is expected to fall above 4,000 feet, with 6-12 inches of snow falling above 5,000 feet, with more possible above 7,000 feet.

A winter storm watch means that conditions are favorable for significant snow accumulation that may seriously impact travel. Gusty winds and blowing snow are also possible. Those planning to travel into the watch area should prepare for difficult winter driving conditions, the agency said.

The winter storm watch also includes most of Pinal County, southern Gila County, and the White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee counties.

Check's Live Weather Radar page to track the path of the storm.

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