The entire Southwest will be subjected to high winds Friday. The winds will be caused the large pressure gradient that will exist on the western flank of a storm moving through the central Rockies. That combined with a little extra zip added by the jet stream will produce wind gusts over 60 mph. The highest winds will be experienced over passes and through canyons. In these tighter spaces, the air is forced to accelerate.

The high winds will cause hazardous crosswinds along some stretches of highway, and blowing dust will limit visibility in many locations.

Story by Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.