Feb 27, 2014 2:43 PM by Jeff Beamish

Afternoon weather update - February 27th, 2014

TUCSON - Consider today the proverbial "calm before the storm".

Highs are on track to peak in the upper 70's this afternoon, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Gusty west winds up to 25 MPH develop over the next few hours as a cold front sweeps across northern Arizona.

A stronger cold front tracks toward the state starting tomorrow, bringing several impacts. Here's a timeline of what to expect:

- Gusty winds, blowing dust possible along I-10 north of Marana/east of Texas Canyon

- Widespread showers/snow above 7,000 feet starts up during the morning hours, continues through the overnight.

- Showers taper off by late morning, a few isolated showers in mountains during the afternoon.
- Forecast rain totals of 0.25-0.75", with 5-10" snow possible above 7,000 feet.
- Cooler temps with upper 60's during the daytime. Freezing temperatures are unlikely at night.

Watch Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode for the latest on this Winter storm tonight on News 4 Tucson at 4, 5, 6 and 10.


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