Most of the East Valley is under a severe thunderstorm warning that has brought small hail in parts of east Mesa and Apache Junction and winds as high as 45 mph, the National Weather said Wednesday afternoon.
There already was a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms in the Valley brought on by a low pressure system from the northeast, but those storms are expected to dissipate around 7 p.m., according to Mike Bruce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Drivers planning trips are urged to monitor travel conditions by calling 5-1-1 within Arizona, 1-888-411-ROAD outside the state, or at www.az511.gov. The ADOT Traffic Operations Center has posted advisory messages on signboards with dust storm warning information as there are low visibility driving conditions due to the amount of dust being stirred up by the heavy winds.
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