A winter storm has brought widespread freezing rain to parts of the southeastern United States, causing flash flooding, damaging power lines and damaging homes and businesses.
The storm, known as Matthew, is expected to bring up to 3 inches of snow to parts east of Arizona, including Phoenix, and up to 10 inches of rain to southern New Mexico and Arizona.
The National Weather Service said Friday that temperatures could reach freezing in some parts of Arizona and New Mexico by the weekend, as much as 10 to 20 inches of that could fall as far west as New Mexico City.
Matthew will hit the coast of Texas on Saturday night and into Sunday morning, the weather service said.
Forecasters have been watching the storm closely, with the National Weather Services forecasting it could bring up as much up to 12 inches of precipitation over the next several days.
Matthew is expected move into southern Arizona on Saturday evening.
Temperatures will remain cold and windy through Saturday evening, with winds gusting to up to 50 mph.
Forecast modelers say Matthew will make landfall on Sunday in Arizona.
Tempers in Phoenix, New Mexico, Arizona and the San Diego metropolitan area could reach frosty and gusty conditions Sunday morning.
Winds will be light in the morning, with gusts of up to 25 mph.
Matthew could dump as much precipitation as 20 inches into Arizona by Sunday afternoon.
Matthew’s storm surge will be about 10 feet higher than Hurricane Irene in 2011.
Storm warnings are in effect from Arizona to the coast for Sunday and into Monday.
In the southern part of the state, officials are warning of strong winds and potentially flash flooding.
The NWS issued a Winter Storm Watch for the western part of southern Arizona, extending from the city of Phoenix to New Mexico.
Matthew can bring winds of up, up to 40 mph.
Tempe County has declared a state of emergency.
The hurricane warning for Phoenix and parts of south central Arizona includes winds of 60 mph to 85 mph and flash flooding from about 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane watch also extends into New Mexico from 5 a.,m.
Saturday to 7 a..m Monday.
Matthew is expected in Arizona from Saturday into Sunday, bringing heavy snow and freezing rain, according to meteorologist Steve Wiser with the NWS office in Phoenix.
The center says Matthew could bring 2 to 3 feet of snow and rain to the southern parts of New Mexico Saturday night.
Matthew would then move eastward toward Arizona and Mexico on Sunday morning and into the weekend.