Thunderstorms are expected daily in the Arizona highlands for the next few days, with hail in the forecast for Tuesday.
The National Weather Service’s office in Flagstaff issued a special weather statement shortly after 10:30 a.m., stating that strong thunderstorms will affect areas south of Lake Jacob in Coconino County.
“Doppler radar tracked a strong thunderstorm moving north at 15 miles per hour 15 miles south of Lake Jacob,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.
Affected areas are listed as Grand Canyon Country, Kaibab Plateau, Marble Canyon, and Glen Canyon.
“This is just the beginning of the day, and thunderstorms like this only develop in this type of atmosphere,” said Larry Dooley, a meteorologist with the Flagstaff Bureau of Meteorology. It redevelops,” he told the Arizona Republic. “As the day progresses, storms develop along the runoff. One storm breaks down, gets a little windy, but then another intensifies. These storms typically last less than 30 minutes over this period.” It will continue.” The storm will be short-lived, but there will be some. ”
according to Flagstaff Weather Service websitePrecipitation across the valley will range from 0.25 to 0.75 inches and will likely fall between 1pm and 7pm.
Storms can bring winds of about 30 mph and pea-sized hail, and the danger can worsen as the days warm.
“When it gets a little warmer, if we add more lift and more heating to bring in moisture and stuff like that, the hail could get even bigger,” Dooley said.
As of Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology has listed the severity as mild, but more warnings will be issued throughout the day as the storm progresses.