A spring storm will enter by Tuesday evening delivering rain and snow showers to our desperately parched region. In the midst of one of the driest fall through spring seasons ever recorded for the area, fire season has begun much too soon. The Tinder Fire burning near Blue Ridge in southeastern Coconino County has been an early indication of just how dry our forests are.

Hazardous weather conditions are expected across much of Arizona on Thursday.

Following a very dry fall and winter season it was just a matter of time before the spring winds ushered in dangerous fire weather conditions. Wednesday through Friday this week a storm will move through the West doing just that. Winds will increase initially on a warm Wednesday ahead of the approaching storm, with winds gusting near 45 mph from Flagstaff north and westward. Thursday even windier conditions will accompany a dry cold front, with portions of the region experiencing wind gusts near 60 mph.  Strong winds continue Thursday night into much of Friday.

Here we are entering the holiday season and it feels more like October. Arizona along with much of the West is experiencing some of the driest and warmest fall weather in record keeping history, in some cases that's nearly 120 years! Over the next couple of weeks we can expect more unseasonably pleasant weather thanks to a remarkably strong and persistent area of high pressure anchored over the region. This may seam  like a familiar forecast, that has become much more common in recent years.

The calendar has flipped over to December, but Phoenix still is experiencing record heat.