Date & Time: 03/23/2017 9:15 AM MST
Forecaster: Henz, D.
Our well-advertised weather disturbance and cold front moved into the state overnight bringing some much needed light rain and a well-deserved drop in temperatures. In general, the lower deserts picked up 0.05”-0.20” with higher terrains areas north and west of Phoenix seeing closer to 0.25”-0.50” totals. Despite clearing this morning, lingering shower/storm activity will be possible through this evening before the disturbance exits the state. Looking ahead, expect quiet weather with modest warming through the end of the week. Also worth noting, the upper-level pattern will remain rather active in the long term with multiple disturbances forecast to affect the region next week.
For today plan on clearing and sunny skies through the morning. Daytime highs will take a dramatic step back into the 70˚F-73˚F range around the Valley. West winds will be breezy at times in the 7-14mph range with gusts around 20-25mph through this evening. A combination of daytime heating and lingering moisture may allow for another round of brief showers/storms this afternoon, at the very least cloudier conditions before full clearing into the evening. Overnight lows will dip into the mid to low 50s under mostly clear skies and easing winds.
For tomorrow plan on a return to mainly sunny skies and dry conditions. Afternoon temperatures will remain around seasonal values climbing into the 78˚F-81˚F range around the Valley. Variable winds will remain in the light category with occasional afternoon/evening gusts around 8-15mph. A dry disturbance will move across the region on Saturday only bringing an uptick in high clouds and increased breezes. High temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 80s. Plan on mostly sunny skies and quiet weather for Sunday and Monday with similar highs, before our next interesting weather system arrives into Tuesday