Apr 8, 2013 11:23 AM by Jeff Beamish

40-60 MPH winds today, rain/mountain snow possible tonight

TUCSON - A powerful Pacific cold front plows into the state today, with Mother Nature packing a massive Spring punch.

Here is a timeline of what to expect weather-wise over the next 36 hours from News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish:


- WIND ADVISORY for Pima, southeast Pinal & Santa Cruz Counties from 11 AM until 8 PM. 25-40 MPH winds possible for Tucson, Oracle and Nogales.

- HIGH WIND WARNING for Cochise County & the Sky Island mountains from 11 AM until 8 PM. 40-60 MPH winds possible for Sierra Vista, Benson, Douglas, Bisbee and Mount Lemmon.

- BLOWING DUST ADVISORY for southeastern Arizona from 11 AM until 8 PM. Blowing dust, reduced visibility possible along I-10. Click here for dust storm driving tips.

- RED FLAG WARNING for southeastern Arizona from 11 AM until 8 PM. Outdoor burning is NOT recommended.


- Winds start to subside after 8 PM.

- Slight chance of isolated showers possible late tonight through early tomorrow morning, from a Globe-Tucson-Nogales line and points east.

- Snow level drops to 6,000 feet. 1-2" possible above 7,000 feet including Mount Lemmon, Mount Graham & the Whites.


- Gusty winds up to 30 MPH possible, but not as strong as this afternoon.

- High temps 15-20 degrees cooler than today. Mid/upper 60's for highs in Metro Tucson.

- Isolated mountain showers possible. Valley floors see partly cloudy skies.


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