The Catalina Mountains could see two or three feet of snow by the end of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Tucson.
Rain could start Thursday, but a new storm comes in later Friday, said John Glueck, a meteorologist with the agency.
“The bigger storm will begin Friday afternoon on to Saturday morning. We’re looking at a potential two to three feet of snow accumulating on the Catalina Mountains.”
The storm is also predicted to bring about an inch of rain throughout the metro area Friday and Saturday, said Glueck.
The snow level is expected to be about 4,000 feet, so it probably won’t be a white weekend in much of the city center, he said.
The last big snow on the mountains was in 2010, “and that produced about 30 to 50 inches of snow on Mt. Lemmon, and that was a prolonged three-four day event," Glueck said.
The mountain snow is expected to end Saturday. Then a new storm system moves in, with potentially more snow Monday and Tuesday. It's also likely to bring rain to the valley metro area.