Pacific Storm System Coming Friday

We don’t usually post when storms are approaching but this sounds like it could be pretty significant as far as dust storms go.

Here are some good tips on what to do if you are caught in a dust storm while driving.

Below is the email we got from MyStateUSA: Here is the PDF if you want to send to your contacts.


Description       Possible Thunderstorms, and Much Cooler Weather on the Way

winds from the South and West are Expected to Increase Across

Southeast California, and Southwest and South – Central Arizona Late

Friday Morning Through Friday Evening Ahead of a Pacific Cold Front.


Strong Cross winds are Expected Across Some Roads and Highways. The

Strongest winds are Expected in Southwest and South – Central Arizona

with Gusts to 50 MPH Friday Afternoon and Friday Evening.

The Strong Gusty winds are Expected to Cause Areas of Dense Blowing

Sand and Dust the Desert Areas. this includes Interstates 10 and 8

Between Tucson, Casa Grande, Phoenix, Gila Bend, Yuma, and El

Centro. The area Between Tucson, Casa Grande, Phoenix, and Gila

Bend is Prone to very Dense Blowing Dust with near Zero

Visibility Possible Friday Afternoon and Friday Evening.


The Dense Blowing Dust Could Occur in the Greater Phoenix area During

The Commuter Rush Hour Late Friday Afternoon and Early Evening.

if you See a Dust storm Approaching or Get Caught in One, Pull Off

The Road As Far As Safely Possible, Put your Vehicle in Park, Keep

your Foot Off the Brake Pedal, and Turn your Lights All the Way Off.

The Pacific Cold Front with a Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms Will

Move from West to East Across Southeast California and Southwest

Arizona Late Friday Afternoon and Friday Evening with Showers Likely

in South – Central Arizona Friday Night Along with a Chance Of



Most of the Rain is Expected to be in South – Central Arizona Including

The Greater Phoenix area Friday Night. The Showers and Chance Of

Thunderstorms will Probably Not Reach the Phoenix area Until Late

Friday Evening.


Rainfall Amounts are Expected to Range from Less Than a Tenth of An

Inch in Southeast California and Southwest Arizona Including El

Centro and Yuma. Rainfall Amounts are Expected to Range from 1 Tenth

of an Inch to More Than a Quarter of an Inch in the South – Central

Arizona Desert Including the Phoenix area to More Than a Half Inch

in the Higher Terrain North and East of the Greater Phoenix Area.

Colder Air will Move in Behind the Front with Early Morning

Temperatures Dropping Into the Upper 30s and 40s in Most Desert

Locations Saturday Morning. And, Compared with today, High

Temperatures are Expected to be 10 to 20 Degrees Colder Saturday With

Highs Between 60 and 70 in the Desert Areas Including Phoenix, Yuma

and El Centro.


The Snow Level will Lower to near 5000 Feet by Saturday Morning.

However, Most of the Precipitation will Have Ended by Then.

Thus, No Significant Snowfall Accumulation is Expected at That



Stay Up – to – Date on the Latest Forecasts by Listening to Weather

Radio on the Public Service Band. More Detailed Information Is

available from the National Weather Service in Phoenix on The

Internet at

Expires 11/4/11 6:30 AM

County/Area     Northwest Maricopa County, AZ (latitude: 33.673, longitude: -112.7)


About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

Posted on November 3, 2011, in Safety Tips and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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