winter storm is forecast to push through Arizona and the Arizona Department of
Transportation wants drivers traveling in the high country to be prepared.
National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains
and high deserts throughout northern and eastern Arizona. Snow levels may be as
low as 2,000 feet. Rain is expected in the lower elevations.
crews have been preparing for the storm and will be working 24/7 to keep roads
clear. Maintenance crews are checking the snowplows and making sure they are
stocked with de-icing products. Additional snowplow drivers have been sent to
areas expecting significant snowfall, like Flagstaff and Williams.
should plan ahead and be very cautious if planning to travel to the high
country when the storm arrives. ADOT recommends drivers wait until conditions
improve before traveling.
safety tips for drivers:
down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time. Use extra
caution around snowplows.
alert: ice forms on bridges first and is hard to see.
driving behind a snowplow, stay back at least four car lengths. If you
think you’re traveling too close to a plow, you probably are. Be safe and
pass a snowplow that’s in the process of clearing snow and ice off the
at least a three-quarter-full tank of gas.
someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes blankets,
extra clothes, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand for traction,
a fully charged cell phone, and hazard warning lights or reflectors.
slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
plenty of food and water, and all necessary medications.
tire chains and snow cables, or use snow tires.
warm clothes to protect you during extended time periods in cold
Additional information can be found on ADOT’s “Know Snow”
website at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.