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Old 11-04-2011, 01:03 AM
 
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Hey everyone- I am new to AZ. We are planning on driving to Payson tomorrow and just saw the weather report. Looks like Phoenix metro will be hit hard by a dust storm. I was wondering whether it will be safe to drive to Payson as the weather report said that the dust storm is mainly going to affect east-west freeways. I already have my accommodations booked and would hate to cancel it and lose money. Thanks
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Yes. The worst of the dust will be down on I 10 by Casa Grande and it won't be that sudden wall of dust like in summer, just low visibility. Going to Payson you have mostly natural desert which doesn't produce dust like the agricultural areas and once you get out of Phoenix area you probably won't even notice. The southwest wind will help your mileage too!
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:19 AM
 
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Yes. The earlier that you can leave the better... In 40 years in AZ I have never seen a dust storm in the early morning hours!!
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: South Tempe, AZ
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You won't have any problem with the weather tomorrow at all, I don't think. But, earlier is always better in terms of incoming weather and dust, I agree.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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Thanks guys for prompt replies.
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
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Take your snow shoes. Snow is likely late Friday Night and Saturday at that elevation. Nothing major , but be prepared.
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Take your snow shoes. Snow is likely late Friday Night and Saturday at that elevation. Nothing major , but be prepared.
There is no snow predicted for Payson. Snow level's around 6500 with this one and there is a winter weather advisory out above that elevation. Payson is only 5000.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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I am planning to drive further up to Pine as well. There is indeed a snow forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning. I don't have winter tires on my car and hoping that the snow is light enough to drive on summer tires.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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I am planning to drive further up to Pine as well. There is indeed a snow forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning. I don't have winter tires on my car and hoping that the snow is light enough to drive on summer tires.
Doubt you will see much at Pine either. A half inch is predicted which will melt on the roads or they will throw salt and cinders on it (yuck). If you are really going to Strawberry , then yes, now you are getting high enough to start being concerned. And if you are going on top of the rim above Strawberry then you will definitely be affected.

Note: The NWS models and discussion have been trending colder (lower snow levels) with the storm as time goes on. Still, 5-5500 (Payson/Pine) doesn't look like much accumulation is likely. Check your wipers though. If you have been in AZ more than a couple months they are dry and brittle and will not work very well.

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Old 11-04-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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From what I just read on weather underground, it won't start raining until about 6pm tonight, and will be moving south-east. You'll be find tomorrow.
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