Snow forecast for Tucson area mountains

2014-02-27T15:53:00Z 2014-02-27T17:18:36Z Snow forecast for Tucson area mountainsArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 27, 2014 3:53 pm  • 

Believe it or not a winter storm watch has been issued for this weekend for higher elevations in Southern Arizona.

The National Weather Service said the watch will be in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, primarily for 7,000 feet and above as a Pacific storm moves through the area.

This watch includes the Catalina and Rincon mountains surrounding Tucson.

Up to a foot of snow is possible in those areas, higher amounts are expected in the White, Pinaleno and Galiuro mountains, the weather service said.

The snow level will start out Saturday afternoon at about 8,000 feet but will likely lower to about 6,500 feet by Sunday morning, the weather service said.

For the Tucson valley, the weather service is forecasting rain beginning Friday night when the chance of precipitation is 30 percent. The best chance of rain in Tucson is Saturday through Saturday night. It will decrease on Sunday.

Highs will be in the mid-60s to near 70 through Sunday.

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