Climate and Weather

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A new safety campaign will remind Arizona drivers stuck in dust storms to pull over, turn off all car lights and wait until visibility is back before hitting the road again.


The National Weather Service says much of northern Arizona will have "critical fire weather conditions" Thursday through Saturday due to a storm system approaching the state from the northwest.

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Doppler radar is a crucial tool for spotting severe weather, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. When a thunderstorm is far away, the radar can typically only see the upper portions of it.  

A spring storm will enter by Tuesday evening delivering rain and snow showers to our desperately parched region. In the midst of one of the driest fall through spring seasons ever recorded for the area, fire season has begun much too soon. The Tinder Fire burning near Blue Ridge in southeastern Coconino County has been an early indication of just how dry our forests are.

Hazardous weather conditions are expected across much of Arizona on Thursday.