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NWS: Blowing dust could cause difficult driving through Wednesday

PHOENIX -- A series of cold fronts moving across Arizona will boost the state's chances of blowing dust and dust storms, the National Weather Service said Monday.

"We're getting into that time of year," said Austin Jamison with the NWS. "A windy situation with dry cold fronts -- getting to that season where the potential for widespread blowing dust, or even localized blowing dust, rises."

Jamison said he doesn't expect a full-on dust storm like the state experienced last week, but the blowing dust could cause issues on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

"(It's) one of the most vulnerable areas in the state for having blowing dust causing reduced visibilities which then creates hazardous driving conditions," he said.

The cold fronts may bring some rain to the Valley on Wednesday.

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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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