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PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued a local dust storm warning Tuesday for numerous parts of Pinal County and Maricopa County.

Communities impacted: Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, downtown Phoenix, Peoria, Apache Junction, Avondale, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Goodyear, Laveen, Liberty, Litchfield Park, Luke AFB, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Waddell, Youngtown, Maricopa, Olberg, Bapchule, Kings Ranch, Chandler, Heights, Arizona State University, Sky Harbor Airport, East Mesa, downtown Scottsdale, Glendale sports complex, Phoenix International Raceway, South Phoenix, Glendale and Phoenix Mesa
Gateway Airport

Major highways impacted included:

Superstition freeway US-60
Red Mountain loop 202
Santan loop 202
price freeway 101
Apache trail Arizona 88
Pima freeway 101
Papago freeway I-10
Agua Fria loop 101
Black Canyon freeway I-17
Maricopa freeway I-10
grand Avenue US-60
Beeline Highway 87
Arizona 347
Arizona 587
Pioneer Parkway Arizona 79
Oglesby Road Arizona 85

Dangerously low visibilities were reported throughout the East Valley, which spread through much of the Phoenix metropolitan area throughout Tuesday evening.

A local dust storm warning is issued when winds have generated large areas of blowing dust or blowing sand that have substantially reduced visibilities, to 1/4 mile or less, resulting in very hazardous driving conditions. Be ready for a sudden drop in visibility to near zero. 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 off the car's lights and keep your foot off the brake pedal.