Winter storm expected later this week

CREATED Feb. 17, 2013

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Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday night and Wednesday for areas above 4,000 feet.

The work week will begin nice before the changes hit. Warm and pleasant weather will once again be with us Monday as high pressure remains in control.

Tuesday, an area of low pressure will dip down from the northwest and bring very gusty winds to the area. Southwesterly breezes will likely range from 25-35 mph with higher gusts. Blowing dust may become a travel hazard Tuesday as our recent low humidity has dried out the soil.

Rain and high elevation snow will begin late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the upper 40s as rain is expected in valley locations. Up higher, snow could accumulate to over 1 foot above 7,000ft. before snow levels fall Wednesday afternoon and evening.

First Warning Meteorologist Aaron Brackett is expecting under an inch of snow around 3,000 feet and between 3 and 6 inches are expected around 4,000 feet. Above 6,000 feet, over a foot of snow may fall by Wednesday night.
If enough moisture lingers Wednesday night, a few flurries or light snow showers may make it to the Tucson metro area.