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Apr 11, 2012 11:56 AM

Gusty winds, high fire danger for portions of southern Arizona

TUCSON - The Sonoran Wind Machine cranks up once again.

The first of two cold fronts impacting the state over the next 5 days moves in today, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Gusty west-southwest winds up to 25 MPH develop early this afternoon, tapering off after sunset. These winds along with low relative humidity will make for a high fire danger in eastern Cochise County. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1 PM until 8 PM for that area, which includes Douglas, Willcox and Portal.

Under mostly sunny skies, high temps this afternoon return to the low 80's. These temps are normal for mid-April, but 10 degrees cooler than yesterday.

A much stronger cold front from Alaska approaches Friday, with another round of gusty winds in the forecast. It will still be breezy Saturday, with isolated showers & mountain snow possible for southern Arizona. The first look at rainfall amounts appears to be meager, with valley locales seeing under 0.10".

Much cooler weather crashes in this weekend as well, as high temps only top out in the 60's.

For a complete look at Jeff's True View 4 extended forecast, visit KVOA.com/weather.

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