Temperatures in Phoenix are expected to rise this week
National Weather Service meteorologist Derek Hodges said the fast-moving storm that brought snow and showers over areas in northern and central Arizona on Tuesday should subside by evening.
Although another system is expected to arrive early next week that will lower temperatures again, the system on Tuesday could be the last of the really cold weather hits the valley this season.
“Statistically,” said Hodges, “it’s pretty unlikely that there will be anything else.”
The snow fell to 3,500 feet in some places in Gila County, and some people saw anywhere “from a dust to an inch or so,” Hodges said.
If the system fails on Tuesday evening, temperatures are expected to rise in the valley at the beginning of the weekend with highs of around 85 degrees, Hodges said.
The Arizona Department of Transportation released several notices of snowy conditions for northern Arizona in the early hours of the morning Tuesday, even recommending that only chained four-wheel drive vehicles be driven on State Route 260 between Heber and Payson.
According to weather service meteorologist Tim Steffen, the same system brought up to 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Flagstaff area.
Drivers in Northern Arizona should be aware that temperatures are expected to drop below freezing on Tuesday evening, which can lead to poor road conditions until the roads warm up on Wednesday morning.
After the system moves towards New Mexico, temperatures will rise and peak around 57 degrees in Flagstaff on Friday, Steffen said.
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