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Mar 16, 2012 9:38 AM

Winter Storm Watches issued for southern Arizona this weekend

TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches for southeastern Arizona, ahead of a major weekend storm.

For mountains above 6,000 feet, the Winter Storm Watch is in effect late Saturday night until Monday afternoon. This includes Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Graham, the White Mountains and the Huachuca & Chiricahua Mountains. 12-15" snow is possible for these locations.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for all southeastern Arizona locations above 4,000 feet, from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon. This includes Oracle, SaddleBrooke, Sierra Vista, Willcox and Douglas. Near 4,000 feet, 1-2" snow is expected, with 2-6" snow between 5,000 and 6,000 feet.

Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley are not included in this Winter Storm Watch.

Snow levels by Monday morning plummet to 3,500 feet, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Right now, it appears any precipitation should fall in the form of rain across the Tucson metro. Up to 0.75" rain may fall between Sunday morning and early Tuesday.

Stay with News 4 Tucson & KVOA.com for the latest Winter storm developments.

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