High winds Tuesday could delay traffic, cause dust storms

High winds Tuesday could delay traffic, cause dust storms

CREATED Mar 5, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Winds will increase Tuesday, according to KGUN9 News Chief Meteorologist Erin Christiansen.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Tuesday that could impact drivers traveling in southern regions of the state.

Winds will be increasing out of the southwest from 15 to 35 mph. Tucson may see wind gusts up to 60 mph. Blowing dust and high fire danger will be a big concern Tuesday afternoon.

Travel along interstates 8 and 10 could be affected by dusty conditions.

The Arizona Department of Transportation urges drivers to take extra caution when high winds result in periods of limited to zero visibility.

ADOT advises drivers caught in dust storms to pull off the road a safe distance, turn off vehicle lights, set emergency brake, leave seat belts on and wait for the storm to pass.

ADOT urges drivers to check its Traveler Information Service by calling 511, to receive updates on dust storms while driving through the state.