Gusts up to 60 mph possible in northern AZ from windy system

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(Source: Judi Holmes) (Source: Judi Holmes)
(Source: National Weather Service Office in Flagstaff) (Source: National Weather Service Office in Flagstaff)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Increasing clouds and breezy to gusty winds are on tap for Sunday across Arizona as a low-pressure system tracks from the Pacific Northwest toward the Great Basin.

While the bulk of this storm stays north of Arizona, it will drag a rather strong, but dry cold front across the state.

In the Valley, look for partly to mostly cloudy skies. Southwesterly winds will become the strongest this afternoon, with gusts of 20 mph possible. Metro Phoenix highs are expected to reach the mid-70s.

In Northern Arizona, Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service from Sunday morning through Sunday night for stronger gusts that may hit speeds of 45 to 60 mph.

The Wind Advisory remains in effect for all areas along and north of the Mogollon Rim, and higher terrain in Yavapai County, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

“The advisory may need to be extended through Monday morning for areas along and just to the north of the eastern Mogollon Rim and White Mountains if overnight winds are more widespread than originally expected,” NWS meteorologists in Flagstaff said.

As a result, blowing dust will kick up across the dry deserts of Western Arizona. Secure anything outside that could go airborne. There's a slight chance of showers Sunday night in the high country.

Behind the cold front, a cooler air mass trails into Arizona Monday, dropping temperatures significantly. Under mostly sunny skies, look for Metro Phoenix highs in the upper 60s.

A major warming trend begins Tuesday as high pressure builds into the area. With generally sunny skies, Valley highs will reach the upper 70s Tuesday, the mid 80s Wednesday and the upper 80s Thursday.

Dry and unseasonably warm weather is expected through next weekend.  

March and April in Phoenix means warmer weather. Normal high reaches 80 by end of March and 90 by the end of April, the National Weather Service Office said.

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