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Christmas Eve cold front moving into Arizona

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TUCSON - Rain, low elevation snow and sharply colder temperatures still on track to move into southern Arizona on Saturday afternoon.

In advance of a strong cold front working into Arizona winds will begin to pick up late Saturday morning and into the afternoon hours. Wind speeds will peak out of the southwest between 20-30mph with gusts more than 40mph. Watch for strong crosswinds on the freeways today and patchy blowing dust. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 10am to 8pm Saturday evening.

Prime time for showers to move through metro Tucson will be after 3pm Saturday afternoon with the rainfall possibly turning heavy at times. Rainfall totals will likely remain between 0.25"-0.50". After an initial band of showers moves through, scattered showers are expected to develop overnight with crashing snow levels.

The bulk of the snow with this storm system will remain above above 7,000 feet where 6-12" is possible. 3-6" of snow is expected between 5,000 feet and 7,000 feet. By early Christmas morning the snow level will fall to near 3,000 feet putting places like Vail, the Catalina Foothills and much of Cochise County in the 'snow zone' for a White Christmas with a dusting to 1".

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for for the Sky Islands of southern Arizona from 2pm Saturday through 5am Sunday. Be prepared for winter driving conditions in the higher elevations during this period with the potential for blowing snow.

Skies clear out early Christmas morning with cold air settling in across the region. Daytime highs will struggle to reach the low 50s on Sunday with overnight lows falling close to freezing in metro Tucson by early Monday morning. Temperatures will make a steady climb back into the upper 60s through the new week.

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