Phoenix weather: Windy winter storm means wind today, tomorrow

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PHOENIX -- A winter storm is moving our way from California Monday, bringing a big weather change for the start of the new week. 

Winds will pick up ahead of the storm, with a wind advisory in effect for most of Arizona through Monday night for strong westerly and southwesterly winds. Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, with blowing dust likely across the deserts.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a High Pollution Advisory for much of Maricopa and Pinal Counties Monday in anticipation of blowing dust raising our particulate levels to an unhealthy level. 

Winds will be strongest in the Valley from late afternoon through the evening.

The cold front itself will move through late Monday evening, bringing rain and snow to the high country, with 4 to 8 inches of snow predicted for Flagstaff. 

There is a winter weather advisory for the high country from 7 p.m. tonight until 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.   

Blowing snow could create travel problems. Snow levels Tuesday morning could come down to 3,300 feet, bringing a dusting to the higher elevation peaks to the north and east of the Valley. 

The cold air moves into the state behind the cold front, so while Valley highs will top out in the mid 70s today, we probably won't warm up past the low 60s Tuesday.

There's a 20 percent chance of rain in the Valley tonight, but clear skies return tomorrow. 

Related: High pollution advisory issued Monday for Phoenix

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