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Unseasonably Warm Week Ahead For Arizona

Just as you might be thinking it's safe to break out the cold weather gear, the National Weather Service has warned to hold off a week or two.

The La Nina churning out in the Pacific is helping to keep the seasonal 60 to 70 degree temperatures at bay.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Jamison said the week begins with highs pushing 90 degrees.

"In fact at Sky Harbor we're going with a high above 89," he said. "So, definitely well above normal."

Jamison said high temperatures will drop slightly over the week, but climb back up by the weekend.

Not just for the valley, but statewide.

That's not good news for Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort northeast of Flagstaff, where opening day has already been delayed a week.

Weather models indicate slim chances the snow making machines will get much help from above anytime soon.

"Perhaps in the highest mountains, northern Arizona, there may be a very slight chance of very light precipitation," Jamison said.

That might hit, he said, by Thursday or Friday.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Austin Jamison's name.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.