Friday will be a busy travel day along I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix as NCAA fans drive up for the final four in Glendale.
Many people will be driving up to the Phoenix area as early as Friday morning, however the forecast says we are expecting some very strong wind and that means the risk of blowing dust along the busy freeway.
Leaving Tucson should be the biggest concern for drivers heading toward Phoenix. The Tucson to Casa Grande corridor especially, because there are 15 mph winds and 25 to 30 mph wind gusts expected today.
Although the National Weather Service has cancelled it's wind advisory for this area and ADOT has not issued a warning, drivers should still be aware that strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited visibility due to blowing dust.
ADOT has some driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm. It is urging drivers to "Pull aside, stay alive."
Here are some tips:
- Avoid driving into or through dust, completely exit the highway if you can
- Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane
- Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers
- Set your emergency brake and stay in the vehicle