Apr 14, 2012 9:47 PM
TUCSON - A cool, wet and rainy day to start off the weekend.
The Tucson metro area started seeing light to moderate rainfall early this morning with most locations posting 0.10" to 0.25" of rain. Officially at Tucson International 0.12" was recorded cutting our rain deficit to -2.05". Some locations saw locally higher amounts up to 0.50" generally in the Saddlebrooke, Oracle, and east side areas. In fact the snow level fell to about 4,000 feet this morning with Oracle reporting a dusting of 1-2" of snow. The cold front that brought us the precipitation is moving off into New Mexico and taking the rain chances with it. General clearing is underway as the rain/snow showers taper off this evening for southeast Arizona.
Winds were also a big deal today with some areas seeing 50mph wind gusts. Douglas saw a peak wind of 52mph and Fort Huachuca wasn't too far behind reporting 48mph. The peak wind gust at TIA was 35mph at about 2pm. Wind speeds are expected to come down for the overnight hours to the 10-20mph range for Tucson while far eastern Arizona remains slightly breezier than that.
The cold frontal boundary left us with temperatures nearly 20 degrees below average for Saturday. The daytime high recorded at TIA was only 62. Get ready for a chilly one tonight with overnight lows in the Tucson metro falling to the low 40s and portions of Cochise county dropping below the freezing mark. A much nicer day is on tap for Sunday with highs jumping back up near 70, the winds coming down and mostly sunny skies.