Cold temperatures descended on the Phoenix area again Thursday and are expected to remain below normal until Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook on Thursday for the greater Phoenix area because of dangerously cold temperatures. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s by Thursday afternoon, but the combination of dry air and clear skies will allow temperatures to drop below freezing Thursday night with a hard freeze warning in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. Temperatures in Flagstaff fell to 2 degrees Thursday morning and will remain around freezing for the day. Window Rock, in northeastern Arizona, had a morning low of -23 degrees, making it the coldest spot in the state. A morning low of 20 was recorded in Tucson. 
Tucson police are investigating the deaths of two women that may be linked to the freezing temperatures in the city overnight. Police Sgt. Diana Lopez says a woman in her late 30s was found dead in an alley Thursday morning near East Speedway Boulevard and North Olsen Avenue. Lopez tells The Associated Press there are no signs of trauma and police think she may have died from the freezing temperatures. A second woman was also found dead Thursday morning in the 1800 block of North McKinley. Detectives are treating it as an unknown death and the investigation is ongoing. The National Weather Service in Tucson says the overnight temperature was 18 degrees setting a new record for the date. 
In another story about the Cold weather, a report that a deep freeze spell killed nine homeless people in India overnight Tuesday, bringing the death toll from three weeks of frigid winds and near-freezing temperatures to 116. Police say the worst-hit state is Uttar Pradesh where about 90 people, mostly poor and homeless, have died during the cold spell sweeping northern India. At least nine more people died overnight, police spokesman Surendra Srivastav said. Ten people have died in neighboring Bihar state, 10 in the Indian capital New Delhi, and six in Jharkhand state since late December. 
On February 1, 2011, a hard-freeze warning is issued when unusually low temperatures are expected. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s late Wednesday night and the early morning low is expected to be 27 degrees. The last time a hard-freeze warning was issued in the area was in January 2007, when there were two consecutive lows of 29 degrees. The record low for Feb. 3 is 25 degrees in 1919. Other anticipated overnight lows throughout the valley include 19 in Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek, 23 in Mesa and Scottsdale, 24 in Glendale and Peoria and 25 in Tempe. Precautions should be taken to minimize damage to plants, exposed pipes and pets. No advisory for the homeless or where homeless can go to shelter from the weather but plenty advise on how to protect your plants, your fruit trees and your pets.