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Mar 6, 2012 11:10 AM

High dust storm, wildfire potential today

TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Blowing Dust Advisory, Wind Advisory and Red Flag Warning for all of southern Arizona today, from 2 PM until 10 PM.

A powerful cold front will create southwest winds up to 50 MPH this afternoon, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. These winds bring the threat of dust storms along the I-10, especially north of Marana and east of Texas Canyon. Visibility in these spots may drop below 1 mile at times. If you are driving and encounter an area of blowing dust, pull off the roadway, put your vehicle in park, take your foot off the brake, turn off lights.

The wildfire potential is extremely high today, thanks to winds and low relative humidity. Outdoor burning is not recommended, as any wildland fire that ignites will spread rapidly.

High temps today should peak in the low 80's for Tucson under mostly sunny skies. Expect partly cloudy skies overnight, with south winds still gusting over 20 MPH.

The cold front passes by the state tomorrow, bringing in a much cooler airmass. Highs Wednesday will run up to 20 degrees cooler than the last 48 hours. Gusty winds are also possible, but should be lighter than today's winds.

Freezing temps are on tap overnight Wednesday. Outskirts of the Tucson metro should drop to 32 degrees by daybreak Thursday, with colder temps in Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.

Another round of breezes comes in Friday, as high pressure nudges the front out of the state. Eventually, high pressure wins out & the weekend looks to have abundant sunshine with highs in the 70's.

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

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