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Last Map Update: Thu, Jan. 19, 2017 at 10:40:10 pm MST

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A strong Pacific upper air storm system with a surface cold front will inch into our forecast area a west of the Continental divide tonight with some lowland rain and highland snows. Some light snow may also fall in the Sacramento Mountains. Otherwise not too bad of a night elsewhere with Mostly Cloudy skies and occasional breezy westerly winds. Heads up for later Friday into Saturday for very high(possibly damaging) winds, heavy mountain snows (with temporary blizzard conditions) and widespread lowland showers possibly briefly mixed with snow or sleet.
A strong winter storm system is on the way and will affect the area Friday through early Sunday, with very strong winds and heavy mountain snow. Be mindful if you must drive. WIND IMPACTS: - Power outages possible - Structural damage - Trees down - Difficulty driving especially with high profile vehicles. Vehicles may be blown off the road in some cases along wind prone areas.
A strong winter storm system is on the way and will affect the area Friday through early sunday, with heavy mountain snow and very strong winds. 6-12 inches snow accumulation is expected above 6000 ft, with lesser amounts below. SNOW IMPACTS: - Low visibility - Icy and snow packed roads - White out conditions with blowing and drifting snow at higher elevations. Snow levels will gradually fall Friday evening, then drop sharply Saturday morning in the Gila region as a cold front moves through from west to east. Front will reach the Sacramento mountains near mid day Saturday, lowering snow levels abruptly and raising the threat of white our conditions in this area.
The first of two storms will be moving across the area today, with showers spreading from west to east and winds becoming gusty by the afternoon. Winds may gust as high as 50 mph in the higher elevations. The snow level will begin at about 7000 feet and lower toward the evening hours. The greatest impacts will occur after sunset in terms of precipitation, and on Saturday regarding strong winds.

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