The Arizona Department of Transportation cautions drivers that strong winds and blowing dust could impact travel Friday and Saturday on Arizona’s highways.
The National Weather Service has forecast that very strong winds could kick up dust and limit visibility on highways in areas ranging from northern Arizona to the southern deserts.
Travelers 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.
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 due to blowing dust, especially in desert areas. Motorists play an important role in their own safety when driving during a dust storm.