Apr 12, 2012 12:11 PM
TUCSON - Consider today the "calm before the storm".
Cooler temps and lighter winds are this afternoon's weather highlights, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Highs today reach the low 70's, a good 7-10 degrees below average for mid-April. Skies remain mostly sunny during the daytime hours, with winds around 10-15 MPH out of the west.
Those wind speeds increase tomorrow as an Alaskan cold front approaches. Gusts to 30 MPH Friday will create areas of blowing dust along portions of the I-10 & make for a high fire danger. A Red Flag Warning is in effect Friday from 11 AM - 9 PM for eastern Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties. Outdoor burning is not recommended tomorrow.
Scattered showers enter southern Arizona by Saturday morning, changing to snow above 6,000 feet. Showers should taper off by the afternoon hours, with valley locales seeing between 0.10-0.25" rainfall. Mountain snow totals may reach 4", mainly above 7,000 feet.
Saturday's highs likely occur during the early morning hours, with temps falling from the 60's to 50's through the day. Gusty winds around 20-25 MPH stick around Saturday as well.
Improving weather marks the second half of the weekend and early next week.
For a complete look at Jeff's True View 4 extended forecast, visit KVOA.com/weather.