Mar 1, 2014 9:09 PM by John Patrick

Southern Arizona's first storm of the year

TUCSON - Southern Arizona picks up it's first significant rainfall of the year.

Tucson International Airport has seen about 0.45" so far with this storm system which is the most we've seen in a single day dating all the way back to November 23, 2013 and only 0.02" shy of the record for today. Rain gauges on the south and east sides of town generally picked up the most with 0.50"-0.75".

Maybe more impressive the strong winds that accompanied this storm. Reported gusts of 44mph at TIA and 58mph near Ryan Field. Winds should gradually die down tonight and into tomorrow afternoon.

Rain chances will continue into tonight as the back edge of this upper level low moves through the state. Our shower chance will gradually come to end with skies clearing from west to east heading into tomorrow afternoon.

It has been a relatively warm storm so far with snow levels in the 8,000-9,000ft range but as the temperature drops tonight so will the snow. There is still a Winter Storm Warning out for the White Mountains and Mt. Graham until 10am Sunday. A Winter Weather Advisory also remains in effect for the Catalinas and Rincons above 7,000ft until 10am Sunday where a few inches of snow may still fall.

Daytime highs tomorrow will remain below average in the mid 60s before a warming trend takes back off into the upcoming work week. Check out your True View 4 extended forecast by clicking here.


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