Winds of change blowing in to southern Arizona
Meteorologist: April Madison
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A strong low pressure system will bring gusty winds, valley rain, mountain snow, and much colder air to southern Arizona.
Beginning Friday, winds will pick up to 50 mph with gusts exceeding 40 mph. This could cause areas of blowing dust with reduced visibilities at times, especially along Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix.
These winds coupled with dry conditions will approach critical fire weather thresholds. Then Friday night into early Saturday morning, valley rain and mountain snow will move in, with up to 7 inches of the white stuff possible above 7000 feet.
Temps will then drop over the weekend, up to 20 degrees from Wednesday's high. Another storm system could impact Tucson again at the start of the new work week.
The National Weather Service released an advisory for Nov. 4.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety warns that this type of weather system could cause potentially dangerous driving conditions.
If drivers encounter a dust storm:
- Exit the interstate and wait for the dust storm to pass.
- If you are in the middle of a dust storm, turn on your lights and slow down. Stopping could potentially hurt you and others.
- If you must stop, pull completely off the road, turn your lights off, and take your foot off the brake.
- Have emergency items, like food and water, in your vehicle in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.