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Updated Apr 8, 2013 - 7:09 am

High winds blowing into metro Phoenix

PHOENIX -- It's unusual to have a cold front this strong rolling across the state in April but winds will be strong enough to create dust storms and cause travel problems.

Drivers will be facing reduced visibility on the freeways Monday afternoon with wind gusts of 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

"I don't believe we will see the big dust walls but we will see areas of widespread blowing dust," said Matthew Hirsch with the National Weather Service, but he believes the brunt of the dust storm will affect travel between Phoenix and Tucson on Interstate 10.

Hirsch added the winds will also send parts of the state into critical fire danger.

"The main threat is going to be across southeastern Arizona but there's also potential for hazardous conditions in southwestern Arizona."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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