Blowing dust hampering drivers in Arizona and New Mexico

April 13, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Blowing winds and low visibility has forced the closure of two central Arizona highways and also hampered drivers in New Mexico.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say State Route 347 was closed in both directions north of Maricopa Thursday afternoon, causing long backups.

Interstate 10 also was closed in both directions near Casa Grande due to limited viability.

There’s no immediate timetable for the re-opening of either highway.

National Weather Service meteorologists say visibility is reduced along Interstate 40 between Winslow and the New Mexico border in northern Arizona and winds also are picking up along I-10 in the Willcox area of southeastern Arizona.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says visibilities may be reduced on highways in Luna and Hidalgo counties in southwestern New Mexico due to blowing dust.

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