From 10 pm PST, Tue., Feb. 1, 2011 until 4 pm PST, Wed., Feb. 2, 2011

… WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ THIS EVENING TO 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ THIS EVENING TO 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ WEDNESDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA: THE LOWER DESERTS OF SOUTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA… INCLUDING THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY.

* TIMING: STRONG GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND PEAK IN STRENGTH AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS ON WEDNESDAY.

* WINDS: STRONG GUSTY NORTH WINDS FROM 20 TO OVER 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED. PEAK GUSTS LATER TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON COULD REACH TO AROUND 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS: STRONG WINDS COULD GENERATE AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND WHICH WOULD SHARPLY LOWER VISIBILITY. THIS WOULD BE A HAZARD TO MOTORISTS. IN ADDITION… GUSTY SHIFTING CROSSWINDS COULD BE DANGEROUS TO DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ON EAST-WEST ORIENTED ROADS AND HIGHWAYS SUCH AS INTERSTATE 10 NEAR BLYTHE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED… OR WIND GUSTS OF BETWEEN 40 AND 58 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. IN ADDITION… STRONG WINDS OVER DESERT AREAS COULD RESULT IN BRIEFLY LOWERED VISIBILITIES TO WELL UNDER A MILE AT TIMES IN BLOWING DUST OR BLOWING SAND. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

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.A COLD CANADIAN AIR-MASS IS FORECAST TO MOVE SOUTH INTO THE REGION… WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD FREEZING LOW TEMPERATURES ON THE SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL ARIZONA DESERTS WEDNESDAY… THURSDAY… AND FRIDAY MORNINGS. IN ADDITION STRONG GUSTY WINDS ARE LIKELY TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY OVER THE DESERTS OF SOUTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

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