Freezing cold continues in the southwest through next week, from NV to NM

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RENO, Nevada — Unusually cold weather is expected to continue into much of the Southwest from the Sierra to New Mexico into next week, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Lows well below zero Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) are predicted for parts of Nevada and Arizona, and more snow is expected in parts around Flagstaff that have already received the most January snowfall in four decades. , the service said.

Wind gusts could exceed 100 mph (160 kph) on the Sierra ridges around Lake Tahoe on Sunday as the front blows in with chills down to minus 25 (-32 C).

Temperatures in most of the region are expected to remain 10 to 20 degrees below normal through Tuesday.

“Confidence is growing that a winter storm system will affect much of central and eastern New Mexico Monday through Tuesday morning,” the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said Saturday.

Below zero lows early Saturday — minus 17 (-27 C) at Mormon Lake south of Flagstaff, Arizona — extended north to Ely, Nevada on the Utah line where it was minus 9 (-23C).

Grand Canyon Airport in Arizona reported minus 14 (-26 C), Williams minus 4 (-20 C), and Flagstaff Airport minus 3 (-19.5 C). The low fell to minus 5 (-20.5 C) in Elko, Nevada, teens in Reno, 38 (3 C) in Las Vegas and 36 (2 C) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Frost warnings were in effect for much of south-central Arizona south of Phoenix, including Paz County, where a hard freeze was possible early Sunday.

A few inches of snow were expected in the mountains around Flagstaff, where the coldest weather system of 2023 was expected to move Sunday night through Monday, the agency said.

With 10 days left in the month, Flagstaff has already received 57.9 inches (147 centimeters) of snow — the most January snowfall since 1980 and the fourth most since 1898.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that “third place is within reach” — 59.4 inches (151 cm) in 1979. The maximum was 104.8 inches (266 cm) in 1949.

In Nevada, mid-week lows in Las Vegas were expected to remain in the low 30s (near zero C), with some numbers below and above zero in Elko and lower teens in Reno.

ABC news

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