Chances are, if you live in Prescott – or really anywhere in Northern Arizona – you’ve heard about the forecasted winter storm we’re supposed to be getting. The entire Northern region of Arizona is in Winter Storm Warning! This warning is effective from Wednesday, February 20th starting at 8PM until Friday February 22nd at 11AM.
That being said, many persons in the region are skeptical, coining the phrase “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We all know how random and unpredictable weather can be, especially in Arizona. It seems like whenever we’re told a huge storm is coming, all we get is a light snow dusting, and whenever we’re told it’s nothing to worry about, we get a blizzard.
However, it’s probably also wise to remember the saying “better to be safe than sorry.” You don’t want to be thinking no storm will hit and then be caught without proficient provisions or have taken precautionary measures if Prescott really does get the predicted one to two feet of snow it’s supposed to. I’ll say that again… ONE TO TWO FEET! That’s a lot for us Arizonans!
According to the National Weather Service, here is what the next 72 hours of weather look like for us here in Prescott:
|Wednesday Afternoon||Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. South wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.|
|Wednesday Night||A chance of snow showers before midnight, then snow after midnight. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 27. South wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.|
|Thursday||Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.|
|Thursday Night||Snow. Low around 22. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.|
|Friday||Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.|
|Friday Night||A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.|
|Saturday||Sunny, with a high near 36.|
|Saturday Night||Mostly clear, with a low around 17.|
Whether or not you believe this storm is actually going to hit, it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re prepared for it either way. Here are a few tips to make sure you have everything you need in snow storms:
- Make sure you have an ample supply of water and food.
- Purchase a good shovel for digging out snow and also some rock salt to aid in keeping walkways safe.
- Clean and inspect your chimney, roof, and rain gutters to make sure all are working properly and there are no leaks.
- Have an ample supply of blankets.
These are just a few tips, though there are many more including things like having alternative cooking sources and backup generators, but rarely in Prescott will we get a snow storm so severe that these measures become necessary.
We hope you gather all the supplies you need and stay safe out there! Keep warm, drive carefully if you don’t have the option of staying home, and we’ll all have a good laugh in a few days if this storm turns out not to be nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be.