Wind, dust picking up south of Phoenix

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PHOENIX – Wind and dust could cause problems for drivers south of the Valley Friday.

Strong winds are kicking up dust in parts of central Arizona and creating severely limited visibility in the Casa Grande area, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has forecast gusts of up to 50 mph that could produce dust and near zero visibility.

High wind advisories are in place for many parts of Arizona until as late as 7 p.m. Friday. A blowing dust advisory is in place until 6 p.m. along the Interstate 10 corridor between Casa Grande and Picacho Peak.

There have been wind gusts up to 35 mph in the East Valley, according to 3TV Meteorologist Royal Norman.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, drivers on Friday and Saturday may encounter wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and blowing dust in the state, including along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, State Route 347 near Maricopa, Interstate 8 between Yuma and Casa Grande, and Interstate 40 from Flagstaff to Holbrook.

The National Weather Service warns visibility could be reduced to less than half a mile Friday afternoon and evening from Tucson westward, including along I-10.