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Breezy forecast with rain up north

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:12 pm

It's been a very hazy day in the Valley of the Sun.

Here's the incredible part: a wave of energy in the atmosphere has carried dust in from the east left over from a massive dust storm that hit New Mexico and West Texas on Tuesday!

So, air quality is not looking great and people with respiratory issues should limit their time outside for the rest of the day. Things should improve quite a bit tomorrow.

We are also tracking an area of low pressure moving right across our state. That has picked up the breezes once again and even brought some showers up north and out to the southeast.

Those showers will spread farther east as they increase through the afternoon and evening. We may even see an isolated thunderstorm or two in the mix, as well.

Chances look best along the Mogollon Rim, but we may see some showers form near the mountains surrounding the Valley, too. That means people in the foothills may experience some gusty outflow winds and may even get in on a little bit of rain, as well.

Snow showers are possible above 6,500 feet as temperatures drop tonight, but little to no accumulation is expected with the exception of a few inches on the highest peaks.

Wind gusts will top out near 30 mph up north and near 15 to 20 mph here in the Valley through this evening.

While the Valley stays dry, we will see high clouds at times and a subtle drop in temperatures.

Highs in the Phoenix metro will drop to the upper 70s to near 80 degrees Friday, but the slight cool-down will be brief.

High pressure quickly builds in Saturday, bumping temperatures back into the low to mid 80s.

Then, another weak system will pass to our north late Saturday and Sunday, picking up winds around our state once again and bringing a very slight drop in temperatures.

Valley highs will fall to the low 80s Sunday before climbing to the mid 80s again by the start of next week.

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