Huge wall of dust rolls through East Valley



Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 10:48 AM

PHOENIX -- A huge wall of dust rolled through the East Valley late Monday afternoon, headed toward Phoenix. A dust storm warning was issued but expired at 5 p.m.

Interstate 10 between Casa Grande and Phoenix was affected by high winds and blowing dust, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT cautioned drivers to delay travel as much as possible due to blowing dust between Phoenix and Tucson.

Officials say that If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

No rainfall is expected to follow the dust into the Phoenix area.

Arizona is no stranger to large dust storms or haboobs during the summer monsoon period, but meteorologists say Tuesday's storm is unseasonably early.

The National Weather Service says a large cloud of dust was first spotted near Eloy about 3:30 p.m.

Meteorologists say a dry storm with winds of up to 35 mph kicked up the dust in southern Arizona and the cloud moved north to the Phoenix area.

A dust storm warning was first issued for the Interstate 10 corridor between Tucson and Casa Grande, just south of Phoenix.

State Department of Public Safety officials say blowing dust along I-10 north of Picacho Peak resulted in three non-injury crashes.