Winter storm system to bring snow, rain to Arizona
A storm moving across Arizona this week will bring snow to the high country and rain to the state’s desert areas.
National Weather Service maps show the heaviest snow forecast from Williams and Flagstaff southeast to Alpine, and in Santa Catalina Mountains. Accompanying wind will make driving difficult as snow blows across roadways.
Areas above 6,000 feet in elevation could get up to six inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday, with smaller amounts down to 3,500 feet. The state’s desert areas will get traces of rain to around a quarter of an inch.
The storm is expected to move out of the state Wednesday.
Additional Winter Storm Information from the City of Prescott
The Street Maintenance Division is preparing to respond to the approaching winter storm. According to the National Weather Service, the storm will arrive between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. today, February 27. Crews will respond when the storm arrives. The forecast predicts up to 3 inches to 6,000 feet, and 3 to 7 inches above 6,000 feet.
Residents are reminded to prepare for possible unfavorable road conditions this afternoon and into tomorrow. Avoid any unnecessary driving. Per City Code, snow removal on sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.
Streets are plowed in order of priority, with major roads first, and these priority streets are plowed continuously until they remain passable for public safety vehicles and other traffic. This means that depending on the storm’s duration and intensity, residential (local) streets may not be plowed for a day or two after the storm has ended.
For more information contact the Street Maintenance Division at 928-777-1126.
Portions of Interstates 17, 40 have closed during recent storms
ADOT – With another snowstorm forecast Tuesday afternoon in Arizona’s high country, keep in mind that the safest option while snow falls is delaying travel until Arizona Department of Transportation snowplows have had time to clear state highways.
A highway can close suddenly due to crashes and fast-accumulating snow. During recent snowstorms, northbound Interstate 17 climbing out of the Verde Valley toward Flagstaff and a steep section of eastbound Interstate 40 at Ash Fork Hill, just west of Williams, have closed temporarily as conditions deteriorated.
In addition to the obvious danger from being stuck on or along a highway in winter weather, a long queue of stranded vehicles makes it more difficult for snowplows do their work.
Before deciding whether and when to travel, check weather reports and get the latest highway conditions by visiting ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, calling 511 or reviewing ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT). When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.
If delaying travel isn’t possible, leave prepared for the possibility that you’ll spend extended time in winter conditions. Pack an emergency kit with items like extra blankets, warm clothes, food and water, cat litter or sand for traction, a first-aid kit and a fully charged cellphone.
Make sure to slow down and drive for the conditions you’re in. Be sure to leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Avoid passing a plow until the driver pulls aside to let traffic by.
For more winter-driving tips, visit azdot.gov/KnowSnow.
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