Mountain storms, Valley sunshine end weekend

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Showers and storms firing up in the high country Sunday afternoon were reminiscent of something typical seen during Arizona’s summer monsoon. Instead, an area of low pressure was to credit for the action.

Blowing Dust Advisories were issued in Pinal County Sunday evening, as storms kicked up wind gusts in excess of 35 mph. Visibility was expected to be reduced to a half mile at times along the I-10 corridor near Picacho Peak, as well as Apache Junction, Coolidge, Florence and Casa Grande.

Storms are expected to die down Sunday night. The Valley will see partly cloudy to mostly clear skies headed into Monday morning, while northern Arizona is expected to hang on to some of the cloud cover.

As the area of low pressure tracks eastbound Monday, residual moisture and daytime heating is expected to fire up showers and storms once again in the high country both Monday and Tuesday afternoon, mainly east of Flagstaff. Otherwise, look for mainly sunny skies in the Phoenix-metro.

Everyone should be mostly sunny, dry and warm as high pressure builds into the region towards the middle and end of the next week. In the Phoenix-metro, expect mostly sunny skies with daytime highs in the low to mid 90s and overnight lows in the mid 60s through Friday.