Friday’s Tucson Forecast: Cold front creates a double threat

TODAY’S BEAMISH BLOGCAST

THE CLIFF NOTES

Today – Partly cloudy, windy. 87°, west wind 20-30 MPH.

Tonight – Mostly clear. 55°, west-southwest wind 5-15 MPH.

Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, breezy. 77°, west-northwest wind 10-20 MPH.

FORECAST DISCUSSION

Gusty winds produce a high fire danger & blowing dust threat to end the work week.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 10 AM until 8 PM. Outdoor burning is not recommended, including backyard barbeques. With westerly wind gusts around 40-50 MPH today, a Wind Advisory is in effect from noon until 8 PM.

In addition, a Blowing Dust Advisory is in effect from noon until 8 PM for the I-10 stretch between Willcox and the New Mexico state line. Visibility may be reduced to less than a half mile at times.

Cranking up the winds today and tomorrow is a cold front advancing toward the Four Corners. Enough moisture is in play to produce an isolated shower or storm this evening in Southeastern Cochise County. Isolated showers can’t be ruled out tomorrow east of Metro Tucson. Highs range from the upper 80s today to the upper 70s Saturday.

Breezes linger tomorrow, with areas east of Tucson under a Fire Weather Watch. Gusty winds look to take a prolonged break beginning Sunday.

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