Mar 7, 2012 10:47 AM
TUCSON - The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties until 6 PM tonight. This includes Nogales, Sierra Vista, Douglas, Willcox and Safford.
A Red Flag Warning has also been issued for eastern Graham, southern Greenlee and much of Cochise County from 10 AM until 6 PM. Outdoor burning is not recommended in these areas.
West-southwest winds will gust up to 50 MPH east of Tucson this afternoon, according to News 4 Meteorologist Jeff Beamish. Isolated areas of blowing dust may develop along the I-10 east of Texas Canyon, but blowing dust won't be as widespread as yesterday.
Expect cooler temps in Tucson today, with highs in the low to mid 60's. Winds should be in the 15-30 MPH range metro-wide this afternoon.
The culprit behind the wind is a cold front, which finally passes through this evening. Behind the front, cold air moves in from the north. Overnight lows tonight will drop at or below 32 degrees in the outskirts of the Tucson metro. Make sure to cover up any tender vegetation, wrap exposed pipes and bring in pets.
Another round of gusty winds moves in Friday, as high pressure tries to move this storm system eastward. Eventually, high pressure wins out & this weekend looks calmer and warmer.
For a complete look at Jeff's True View 4 extended forecast, visit KVOA.com/weather.