Time-lapse video show clouds that appear as a pinwheel over Phoenix at sunset in March 2017. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
Strong winds blew through northern and western Arizona on Thursday night, causing hazardous driving conditions in some areas.
The National Weather Service in Flagstaff issued a wind advisory until 11 p.m. Thursday.
Areas of western Maricopa and La Paz counties along Interstate 10 to the California border saw high winds and blowing dust. Increasing winds also could be felt in many parts of the Phoenix area.
The strong gusts are from a cold front that moved through Arizona on Thursday night, according to the Weather Service.
Wind gusts from 55 to 60 mph or higher were seen in some parts of northern Arizona, and the gusts were expected to continue into the late evening. At about 8 p.m., the Flagstaff Airport saw a peak wind gust of 66 mph, according to the Weather Service.
Showers also were forecast for parts of northern Arizona along with the cold front.
About 9 p.m., winds in Phoenix reached 24 mph, but are expected to drop between 10 and 15 mph after midnight, according to the Weather Service.
The Weather Service advised that winds this strong can make travel difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, and blowing dust can also reduce visibility while driving.
A semitruck overturned Thursday evening on Interstate 40 near Ash Fork. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the cause was under investigation.
The Arizona Department of Transportation advised drivers to avoid Interstate 10 between the Valley and California border because of expected blowing dust in western Maricopa County and La Paz County.
The strong winds in northern Arizona will decrease on Friday, with gusts as high as 24 mph and some likely snow showers as temperatures drop, according to the Weather Service. A chance of rain and snow showers will also continue into Saturday, along with calm winds and a high near 49.
Phoenix is expected to see winds under 5 mph throughout the weekend, along with mostly sunny skies, and a high of 69 on Friday, according to the Weather Service. The higher temperatures will continue with a high near 75 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday.
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