Winter weather closures and delays
Originally Published: December 31, 2014 4:15 p.m.
The Daily Courier will post weather closure and delay updates here as we receive them. Please check back for continued updates. Conditions and reports are changing rapidly.Weather forecastThe National Weather Service reports a winter storm warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. Thursday. Expect snow accumulations between 8 and 16 inches above 5,000 feet. Lower elevations are forecast to receive 2-6 inches."Be prepared for significant travel impacts above 3,000 feet with low visibility due to heavy snow and hazardous winter driving conditions," NWS warns.The latest Prescott forecast is 3-5 inches Wednesday, 2-4 inches Wednesday night, and 1 inch Thursday.Prescott"Stay off the roads and if you must to get home or whatever - use major streets," Prescott police Sgt. Jeff Hemphill said.Road conditions: Watch for snow and ice. (3:18 p.m.)Gurley Street: The hill east of the county courthouse is reopened. (4:15 p.m.)New Year's events: The boot drop is continuing as planned. Crews are clearing Montezuma Street and organizers hope for a big crowd. Some organizations are cancelling their booths. Prescott Area Young Professionals is giving its volunteers the night off with wishes of a safe and happy new year.Many area businesses closed early. Remember to call ahead to make sure your destination is open. For instance, Prescott Gateway Mall closed at 1 p.m., but some anchor stores will be open for their advertised hours.Prescott ValleyState Highway 69: Snow and ice on roadway.Town offices: Closed at noon.Parks: Fain Park and the Skate Park are closed.New Year's events: Open skate at the Prescott Valley Events Center for tonight is canceled.High school sports: Wednesday afternoon's boys' basketball game between Prescott High and Mesa Westwood at the Alvarez Tire Holiday Hoops Classic tournament in Prescott Valley was called off because of the snow. "Due to the weather and concerns with our athletes driving on the roads, the game was cancelled," PHS athletic director Mark Goligoski said.MayerThe New Year's dance at Mayer Recreation Center is cancelled.Regional roads/highwaysState Highway 89A: Snow and ice on roadway. (2:20 p.m.)State Highway 69: ADOT reports snow and ice between Interstate 17 and Prescott Valley. (10:05 a.m.)Interstate 40: Arizona Department of Transportation reports approximately 6 miles of Interstate 40 are closed 20 miles east of Kingman at U.S. Highway 93. Westbound lanes are open, but drivers should consider delaying travel due to poor driving conditions. There is no estimated time to reopen eastbound lanes. (10:23 a.m.)Interstate 17: Snow and ice on Interstate 17 between Cordes Lakes and Flagstaff.U.S. Highway 93: Closed north of Wikieup. (10:45 a.m.)ADOT weather updates are available at www.az511.gov, on Twitter @ArizonaDOT or by calling 511.