A view of Palm Springs. Photo via Pixabay

Blowing dust forced a roughly three-hour closure of North Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs Monday.

The road was shut down around 6 a.m. due to sand build-up caused by high winds, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.

At 9:18 a.m., the police department announced the road was reopened to traffic.

The closure came amid a dust advisory issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District that will be in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The agency warned that blowing dust can result in unhealthy air quality, urging people to avoid outdoor exposure to the gusty conditions.

For drivers, meanwhile, the high winds and blowing dust can cause visibility issues and accumulations of dust on roadways.

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