Dust storm moves into Valley ahead of expected overnight thunderstorms

Jun 29, 2022, 5:15 PM

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PHOENIX — A dust storm was spotted Wednesday afternoon in the southeast Valley ahead of anticipated thunderstorms overnight.

A dust storm warning was issued for most of the Valley just after 3 p.m.

Various traffic cameras also picked up the wall of dust along the Loop 202 Santan Freeway near Power Road and the U.S. 60 in the East Valley.

Drivers were encouraged to avoid the dust storm or those already in the area to pull off the road and wait for it to pass as visibility could drop to zero in seconds.

There was a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms forecast for mainly between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

It has been an active start to the monsoon season in the Valley, which got underway on June 15.

Parts of Phoenix and Scottsdale in the past week have received 0.79 inches of rain, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District rain gauges, while some parts of the South Valley got more than an inch of rain.

The monsoon may take a break over the next couple of days as there was no rain forecast in the Valley for the rest of the week and through the weekend.

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Dust storm moves into Valley ahead of expected overnight thunderstorms