Residents of Flagstaff and surrounding areas are asked to be cautious as a Red Flag Warning goes into effect beginning late Thursday morning at 11 am.
The arrival of a cold front will bring strong gusty winds and critical fire weather conditions to Northern Arizona, prompting the Red Flag warning and High Wind advisory from the National Weather Service. Gusts could get as high as 50 mph in Flagstaff and 60 mph in Winslow.
These strong winds are expected to cause blowing dust, which could rapidly reduce visibilities to less than one quarter mile. This is especially true for the Little Colorado River Valley and North as well as East toward the Four Corners Region. This warning encompasses parts of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff as well as Navajo and Hopi Nations.
As the low pressure system makes its way across the Four Corners region, precipitation will move into the area from the north. Although widespread precipitation is not expected, there is the possibility for showers across most of northern Arizona, along with cooler temperatures on Friday and Saturday.
Here is the detailed forecast through next Tuesday from the National Weather Service.
Wednesday night: Clear skies, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 9 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a south southwest wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 27 to 32 mph during the afternoon. Winds gusts could reach as high as 50 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low near 29. West southwest wind 15 to 20 mph lessening to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds gusts could be as high as 25 mph.
Friday: Mix of rain and snow, with a chance of flurries before 1 pm. Chance of rain and snow showers between 1pm and 3pm, followed by a chance of rain showers after 3 pm. Thunder is possible. It may be partly sunny with a high around 49 and winds from the west southwest around 14 mph. Gusts could reach as high as 22 mph, and the overall chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.
Friday Night: Mostly clear skies with a low near 28. 20 percent chances of showers and thunderstorms before clearing up around 11 pm.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high around 64.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low near 34.
Sunday: Mostly sunny skies and warmer, with a high near 69.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy with temperatures dipping to 36.
Monday: Warmer weather continues with sunshine and a high near 70.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with temps around 38.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny skies with highs near 70.
For more information and details, please visit the official website of the National Weather Service-Flagstaff.