If you’re planning to travel to California Thursday night, be
aware the National Weather Service is predicting increasing winds
that will create hazardous cross winds across Interstates 10 and 8,
as well as the potential for areas of blowing dust and sand that
will cause reductions in visibility. These elevated winds will last
through the night hours, before falling into the 10 to 20 mph range
The winds are coming from a surface cold front and associated
parent weather system will move through the region today. Strong
northerly surface winds will increase throughout the day across the
Lower Colorado River Valley, southeastern California and portions
of southwestern Arizona, including Parker and Yuma. Wind speeds in
the 25 to 35 mph range with gusts to near 45 mph are expected by
midday and lasting through the afternoon hours.
While bad weather may force restrictions, state transportation
officials say drivers won't face any new construction-related
closures along state highways over the holidays.
But they say some existing work zones near Casa Grande,
Phoenix, Wikieup in Mohave County, Gila Bend and Tucson will have
reduced speed limits and no-passing zones.
The state Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be
cautious over the Christmas and New Year's weekends. Officials say
15 people were killed in crashes on highways and local streets last
year over the same time.
The department says traffic could pick up before and at the
end of each holiday weekend. Key safety tips include buckling up,
driving the speed limit, being well-rested and sober before
traveling and checking your vehicle.
The Associated Press contributed to this