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Future water supplies will be stressed with little to no snow in Western mountains

The U.S. will need to make some serious changes to its water supply strategies as Earth’s climate continues to warm and snowpack in the country's western mountains becomes much harder to come by in the coming decades, according to a new study. ... Read more»

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Drought-stricken western U.S. headed for water crisis as another dangerous fire season looms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters that federal fire officials had warned to prepare for an extremely active fire year with several types of drought converging in the West this year, and "wildland fires now extend throughout the entire year, burning hotter and growing more catastrophic in drier conditions due to climate change."... Read more»

Tucson still in middle of warm, dry winter despite 25 inches of new snow in Catalinas

Tucson will see temperatures rise and fall through February, but this winter will stay warmer and drier than normal as the last quarter of a La Niña winter continues — the two feet of fresh snow atop Mt. Lemmon aside.... Read more»

Winter storm graces Catalinas with snow; Tucson gets hard freeze warning

A winter squall brought rain and a little bit of snow to the Tucson valley Monday evening and Tuesday morning, and a hard freeze warning will be in effect for the metro area through 9 a.m. Wednesday.... Read more»

Vail Resorts' plans to cancel cloud seeding threatens water levels on Colorado River

Money problems have forced Vail Resorts to pull this winter’s funding for its cloud seeding program — the longest-running in the state at 44 years — potentially reducing the amount of water flowing down the Colorado River this spring. ... Read more»

Snowbowl renovation gains speed with Forest Service approval of new ski lift

Arizona Snowbowl will replace an aging chairlift in need of repair with a much faster one, opening next season as part of a multimillion dollar, multiyear expansion, resort officials said Thursday. ... Read more»

Cold turkey: Chilly and wet Thanksgiving expected across Arizona

Another cold and wet week is setting up across Arizona, which, unfortunately, will affect the Thanksgiving holiday. The approaching storm looks to be the biggest to take aim at the state so far this winter season, making for messy holiday travel.... Read more»

Trump OKs Navajo Nation disaster declaration in wake of February storms

President Donald Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation in the wake of a February storm that dumped snow on the reservation, isolating some communities and leading to flooding.... Read more»

Snow to hit highways in Arizona's high country

With winter weather in the forecast starting Thursday, motorists should be ready to make smart decisions when it comes to high-country roads that can become slick with snow and ice. That includes being ready to put off travel while snow is falling so plows can clear highways. ... Read more»

Judge orders criminal contempt trial for Sheriff Arpaio

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Maricopa lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.... Read more»

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Fog and snow shroud Catalinas

The Santa Catalina Mountains were shrouded in clouds and snow Thursday.... Read more»

Officials expect heavy snowfall to boost Flagstaff economy

The winter storm in Flagstaff on Monday may have closed public schools and forced offices to work with skeleton staffs, but it’s a welcome treat for many Flagstaff businesses. The northern Arizona city relies on its winter economy, officials said. And so far, the season has been mostly dry.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of mountain snow for New Year's Eve

While much of Southern Arizona will be cold and rainy as the calendar flips to 2015, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning covering areas above 5,000 feet, including the Catalina and Rincon mountains.... Read more»

NWS: More mountain snow for Catalinas & Rincons

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.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon highway open again after snowfall

The Catalina Highway was reopened Saturday after a morning closure due to snowfall. The Sheriff's Department warned drivers to be alert for snow, ice, and snow plows on the roadway up Mt. Lemmon.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon Highway reopens, other roads still wet

The Mt. Lemmon Highway reopened Thursday, after being shut to all but residents and employees following heavy snow. Other county roads remain affected by the winter storm, with some flooded.... Read more»

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