Phoenix weather: Windy spring storm moves in

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

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PHOENIX -- A strong spring storm is moving through Arizona Monday. 

Winds began picking up during the late morning hours and were expected to increase even more throughout the afternoon. 

In the Valley, southwesterly winds of up to 35 mph were possible, with gusts of up to 45 mph. The Valley is under a Wind Advisory 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and a Red Flag Warning and High Wind Warning were in effect for other parts of the state. 

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality also issued a High Pollution Advisory for Maricopa County for Monday for the threat of blowing dust. It's also a No Burn Day because of the Advisory. 

The spring storm is also bringing cooler temperatures, rain and snow. 

The Valley has a 20 percent chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. In the high country, the rain should switch over to snow this afternoon, with snow levels falling to between 6,000 and 7,000 feet.  The rain and snow should taper off during the overnight hours, with breezy and cool conditions lingering into Tuesday. 

The Valley should top out near 80 degrees today, but in the low 70s tomorrow. A slow warm-up is on tap for the rest of the week ahead with no more rain in the forecast after today. 

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