After a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend, Rim Country needs to brace for wet, cold, winter weather.
“Temperatures will plummet by mid week following a strong cold front. These cold temperatures are likely to last through the weekend ... check weather.gov/flagstaff for more info!” said the National Weather Service (NOAA) on its Facebook page.
Satellite pictures show a storm brewing off the coast of Baja Mexico. The weather service says it will head into Southern California and Arizona by Wednesday, delivering a dose of rain and maybe snow.
Tuesday will start the cooling trend with temperatures dropping to a high of 56 degrees and a breeze picking up, but the sun will still shine.
The NOAA said Payson faces a 20 percent chance of showers by Tuesday evening.
By Wednesday, the odds of rain increase to 50 percent.
The National Weather Service predicts rain before 11 a.m. on Wednesday turning to snow showers by the evening. Daytime temperatures should top out at a chilly 41 degrees.
Wednesday night temperatures should drop as low as 25 degrees.
If it does snow, the NOAA says the accumulations will be less than a half an inch.
The chance of snow continues through Friday with temperatures remaining very cool.
During the day on Friday, highs may not rise above 36 degrees, with overnight lows of about 19.
What a difference a week makes. The Thanksgiving holiday had beautiful sunny warm days perfect for hikes or day trips or sitting outside to enjoy the lazy long weekend.