Reno, Nev. ( Associated Press) – The National Weather Service warned Saturday that unusually cold weather will continue to affect the entire Southwest from the Sierra Nevada to New Mexico into next week.
The service said freezing temperatures of −18 °C (−0.4 Fahrenheit) were predicted for parts of Nevada and Arizona, and more snow was expected in some areas around Flagstaff, which saw its heaviest snowfall in four decades. January snow recorded.
Wind gusts could exceed 100 mph (160 km/h) on the ridges of the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe on Sunday as −32 °C (−25 F) air currents approach the front. ,
Temperatures are forecast to be 5.5 to 11 degrees Celsius (10 to 20 F) below normal in most areas through Tuesday.
“Certainty increases that a winter storm system will strike a large portion of central and eastern New Mexico Monday through Tuesday morning,” the National Weather Service reported in Albuquerque on Saturday.
Temperatures of −27 °C (−17 F) at Lake Mormon, south of Flagstaff, Arizona, extended north to Ely, Nevada on the Utah border, where they reached −23 C (−9 F).
Grand Canyon Airport in Arizona recorded −26 °C (−14 F), Williams Airport −20 °C (−4 F) and Flagstaff Airport −19.5 °C (−3 F). Cold weather dropped to −20.5 °C (−5 F) in Elko, Nevada, 3 °C (38 F) in Las Vegas, and 2 °C (36 F) in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Freeze watches were issued for much of south central Arizona south of Phoenix, including Paz County, where frost is expected into early Sunday.