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More wind, dust possible Wednesday

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:13 am

A massive haboob swept through Maricopa and Pinal counties Tuesday afternoon, our first of the year.


With another area of low pressure swinging a cold front in on Wednesday, high winds and dust will be back.

A huge chunk of our state will be under a Wind Advisory, including the Colorado River Valley, all of northern Arizona and southeastern Arizona.  Wind gust in those spots could top 50 mph.

Gusts here in the Valley will peak around 35 mph; not enough for a Wind Advisory, but definitely enough to pick up more dust.

Another big, dusty trouble spot will be up to the northeast in places like Chinle and Kayenta.  A Dust Storm Warning will be in effect there from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

All of that dust will really be affecting our air quality, too. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has put Maricopa County under a High Pollution Advisory for dust.  So, limit your time outside.

We will also see chances for showers and thunderstorms in the high country with a slight chance that some isolated activity could move down into the Valley, too.

Since we'll still be so dry in the Phoenix metro, most, if not all, of what we'll see will evaporate before it hits the ground, but we can't rule out a few light showers making it down to us.

Up north, the highest peaks could see a brief change over to snow early Thursday as temperatures dip below freezing.

Temperatures will drop quite a bit, too.  Valley highs will reach the mid 70s on Thursday, putting us a couple of degrees below normal.

Of course, the cooler air won't last long. Valley highs will gradually warm back into the upper 80s by Sunday.

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