The National Weather Service issued a dust storm advisory for the Phoenix area on Saturday
The advisory is effective until 8 p.m., as a wall of dust was moving into the region from the south. The advisory warned that blowing dust could seriously impede visibility on Interstate 10, Interstate 17 and the US 60 throughout Ahwatukee, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Apache Junction, Maricopa, Queen Creek and Laveen.
The wall of dust could be seen moving into large swaths of the East Valley just before 7 p.m. on Saturday. NWS urged drivers to avoid traveling in a dust storm.
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The southeast region of Maricopa County — particularly Chandler and Gilbert — were also expected to see heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds and lightning.
DUST STORM: Dust is starting to come into the Valley, crossing the L-202 Santan in Chandler and Gilbert and I-10 in Chandler. Remember to SLOW DOWN and avoid driving during times of reduced visibility. #phxtraffic #azwx pic.twitter.com/dySJca8K19
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) May 31, 2020
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