Apr 13, 2012 11:51 AM

Wind Advisory, Red Flag Warning in effect today

TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties. This is in effect today from 1 PM until 7 PM.

A Red Flag Warning is also in effect today from 11 AM until 9 PM, including eastern Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise & southern Graham Counties.

Gusty winds up to 45 MPH are possible east of Tucson this afternoon, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Winds around Tucson today should be in the 20-30 MPH range out of the west-southwest. These winds are the result of an approaching cold front from California.

Outdoor burning is not recommended today. If your travels take you along the I-10 east of Benson, expect periods of blowing dust and reduced visibility.

This cold front moves into the state tomorrow, with widespread showers & mountain snow into southern Arizona by the morning hours. Precipitation should taper off late Saturday afternoon, with valley locals seeing between 0.10-0.25" rainfall. Rain changes over to snow around 6,000 feet, with 2-5" snow possible above 7,000 feet Saturday.

Gusty winds remain in place tomorrow afternoon, with a Wind Advisory in effect for Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties from 10 AM until 6 PM Saturday. Southwest winds east of the metro may reach up to 55 MPH.

High temperatures Saturday will be reached in the morning hours, falling from the low 60's to 50's during the afternoon.

Much nicer weather is in store for Sunday, as the cold front departs to the east. Temperatures warm up from the upper 60's Sunday to around 90 the middle of next week.

For a complete look at Jeff's True View 4 extended forecast, visit Track the wind/rain/snow with our KVOA Interactive Weather Map; click here to get started.


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