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NWS issues traffic warning due to blowing dust

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NWS issues traffic warning due to blowing dust

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Nov 15, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use caution and avoid driving during a dust storm due to high wind advisories in affect for parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

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

Drivers are advised to stay alert and look out in all directions because strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility from blowing dust, especially in desert areas.

This weekend, drivers may encounter wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph and blowing dust 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.

For more information and driving tips, please visit PullAsideStayAlive.org.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT's Travel Information Site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1.