PHOENIX — Winds are cranking up as a storm system moves into northern Arizona.
Peak gusts could hit 30 to 40 mph in parts of the Valley again on Tuesday.
Winds up north have been even stronger with gusts topping 60 mph in some spots!
Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings are in effect across northern and eastern Arizona.
Strong winds could kick up dust and impact air quality, too.
A Blowing Dust Advisory is in effect for southeastern Arizona until 7 p.m. Tuesday. So, watch out for reduced visibility traveling along I-10 near the New Mexico border.
Fire danger will be high in southeastern Arizona, too. Red Flag Warnings (also known as Fire Weather Warnings) are in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for that part of our state.
These high winds are ushering in a big dose of cool air and we're also going to see chances for rain and snow in some spots (mainly in northern Arizona.)
Snow levels will drop to between 4,500 and 5,500 feet, but we're only expecting around an inch of snow in areas above 6,000 feet.
Here in the Valley, there is a slight chance we could see a few spotty showers on Tuesday morning, but rainfall amounts will be minimal.
The cooler air will drop temperatures to the low to mid 70s, putting us around 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.
We'll spend the rest of the week rebounding with highs in the mid 70s on Wednesday, mid 80s Thursday, and upper 80s on Good Friday.
Temperatures will continue to climb through Easter weekend with highs in the 90s Saturday and Sunday.
2022 Rainfall totals:
Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 0.55" (-2.16" from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 0.71"
2021 Rainfall totals:
Sky Harbor Official Rainfall: 5.58" (-1.01" from average)
Valley Average (Phoenix Rainfall Index): 7.16"
Daily rainfall reports from all across the Valley can be found here.
PHOENIX IS GETTING DRIER - LOWER RAINFALL AVERAGES NOW
Average Monsoon Rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 2.71" of rain
NEW Average Monsoon Rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 2.43" of rain
Average Yearly Rainfall in Phoenix (1981-2010): 8:03" of rain
NEW Average Yearly Rainfall in Phoenix (1991-2020): 7.22" of rain
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