Date & Time: 03/30/2017 8:50 AM MST
Forecaster: Henz, D.
One more day of warming temperatures is in the cards before a dramatic cool down to finish off the work week. Lingering effects from a mid-week ridge will help boost temperatures into the upper 80s across the lower deserts today. Meanwhile, our next weather system currently across northern CA will rapidly dig south into the lower Great Basin by tonight and into northern AZ tomorrow. While mainly a dry system, breezy/windy conditions will develop across the state later this afternoon ahead of a cold front arriving later tonight. A much cooler air mass will then settle into the region through Saturday. A slight chance for light showers will be possible through this period but any activity is expected to remain over the higher terrain areas well north and east of the Valley.
For today plan on mostly sunny skies with periods of passing high clouds. Daytime temperatures will warm into the 86˚F-89˚F range around the Valley with higher terrain areas reaching the low 80s. Light and variable late morning winds will give way to breezy conditions later this afternoon/evening. Expect gusts around 20-25mph across the Valley with even windier conditions heading west towards the lower Colorado River Valley as a dry cold front moves across the region. Overnight low temperatures will dip into the upper to mid 50s around the urban corridor under partly cloudy skies.
For tomorrow plan on much cooler temperatures and partly sunny skies. Afternoon highs will fall back into the 69˚F-72˚F range around the Valley. Breezy west winds in the 7-14mph range with gusts approaching 20-25mph will be possible through the early evening hours. Cooler temperatures will continue into Saturday with highs limited to the upper 70s across the Valley under partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will rebound on Sunday back into the mid 80s before another dry disturbance is forecast to arrive into the start of next week.