Phoenix weather: Blowing dust, big cool down kicks off new week


by Kim Quintero

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Posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM

PHOENIX -- A storm system moving in from the northwest has its sights set on Arizona. It will bring gusty winds, showers, snow, poor air quality and temperatures will tumble.

In the Valley, winds will pick up starting late Monday morning and continue through Monday evening. It looks like speeds will be sustained at about 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. This will create periods of blowing dust, reduced visibilities and increased fire danger. Dust particulates in our atmosphere will also be high, so expect poor air quality for sensitive groups.

East of the Valley, wind gusts will range between 60 and 70 miles per hour.

After a mild 65 degrees Monday morning in Phoenix, the afternoon high will be only 80 degrees. On Tuesday, temperatures will be even cooler, with morning lows in the 50s and a high of 75 degrees.

Isolated rain and thunderstorms are possible in the Valley Monday afternoon, but mainly north and east of Phoenix. Most of the activity will happen along the Mogollon Rim.

We may also see a rain and snow mix above 5,500 feet Monday night.

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