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Wind, snow blast northern Arizona; Phoenix sees big changes

Light snow fell in Flagstaff Tuesday morning. (Source: Gilbert Honanie) Light snow fell in Flagstaff Tuesday morning. (Source: Gilbert Honanie)
A dusting of snow was seen at Northern Arizona University. (Source: NAU) A dusting of snow was seen at Northern Arizona University. (Source: NAU)
Very light snow fell in Coconino County early Tuesday morning. (Source: Flagstaff webcam) Very light snow fell in Coconino County early Tuesday morning. (Source: Flagstaff webcam)
At 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, snow was accumulating on SR 87 at Clints Well (milepost 291.4). (Source: ADOT) At 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, snow was accumulating on SR 87 at Clints Well (milepost 291.4). (Source: ADOT)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Winds clocked at 69 mph whipped through Springerville Airport in Apache County early Tuesday morning, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

The extent of damage, if any, was not known.

Residents in Flagstaff, meantime, woke up to light snow covering the ground. Many places in northern Arizona will barely get out of the 30s  on Tuesday.

The cold and showery weather was expected to belt the area through Wednesday.

Wind Advisories remain in effect for northern and northeastern Arizona until 8 p.m. 

Metro Phoenix will still have sustained southwesterly winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 25, until about 8 p.m.

Here are some selected winds speeds as of 8 a.m. Tuesday:

49 mph - Show Low

45 mph - Saint Johns

41 mph - Winslow

37 mph - Safford

35 mph - Nogales

29 mph - Sierra Vista

25 mph - Flagstaff

Meteorologists in Flagstaff characterized the weather event this way: “The strongest cold front this area has seen in quite some time is now making its way through the western third of our coverage area this morning.”

Strong, southwesterly winds continue to blow along and ahead of the cold front, with the strongest speeds shifting from central to eastern Arizona later Tuesday morning.

A cold and unstable airmass will trail the front.

In Phoenix, the thermometer will struggle to get out of the 60s later Tuesday. Daytime highs around the Valley will be about 15 degrees below normal for this time of the year.

Metro Phoenix is not expected to see any precipitation. Look for partly sunny skies Tuesday around the Valley.

As the low pressure system and accompanying cold front move out, a warming trend is set to begin. A ridge of high pressure will build over the western states by the weekend. That means watch for highs in the upper 80s to low 90s.

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