Tucson monsoon: Possible rain, blowing dust in today's forecast

2012-06-16T08:00:00Z 2012-06-24T19:23:26Z Tucson monsoon: Possible rain, blowing dust in today's forecastKori Rumore / Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

For the first time this monsoon, rain is in the forecast for the Tucson area. Well, it's a slight chance, but we'll take it.

According to the National Weather Service, Tucson Weather Forecast Office, isolated thunderstorms could develop today in Tucson and areas eastward. Don't expect a major accumulation of moisture, though — just possible light to moderate rain.

Forecasters also predict blowing dust and lightning to be concerns today. The Arizona Department of Transportation offers the following advice to drivers who encounter a dust storm on its "Pull Aside Stay Alive" website:

  • If possible, avoid driving into or through a dust storm — Check the forecast before setting out on a road trip.
  • If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

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