Are you planning a snowy “fun day” in our area this weekend?

According to ADOT’s News Release today, heavy weekend traffic is expected in our northern levels to take advantage of the snow, most especially in the Flagstaff area. We encourage everyone to plan ahead, be prepared for weather changes anticipated this weekend, and drive with care on the mountain roads when traveling northward.

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News Release of January 29, 2016 (original text is here)
Heavy weekend traffic expected again on US 180 near Flagstaff
Drivers should leave prepared for delays in wintry conditions

FLAGSTAFF – Those planning to use US 180 near Flagstaff this weekend should budget extra travel time as people head to play in the snow, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

With the latest forecast calling for snow starting Sunday morning and picking up into Sunday night and Monday, drivers should leave prepared for extended time in wintry weather and ready to drive in adverse conditions.

Those preparations should start with having a fully charged cellphone, plenty of gas, drinking water and winter coats, warm blankets or both. Among other helpful items: healthy snacks, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a container of sand for traction and hazard warning lights or reflectors.

On roads with snow and ice, slow down, drive according to road conditions and leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Give snowplows plenty of room, starting with maintaining four car lengths behind a plow. Never pass a snowplow that’s clearing a road.

For more information on preparing to travel in snow country and driving in adverse weather, please visit azdot.gov/knowsnow.

Don’t pull over on highways or interstates to play in the snow. It’s dangerous for you, other drivers and first responders. Use designated parking areas.

To avoid congestion heading home through Flagstaff at day’s end, consider taking an alternate route offering a more direct path to Interstate 17 via Interstate 40 at Butler Avenue. Signs direct motorists there from US 180.

Check highway conditions before leaving. The ADOT Traveler Information Center, available at az511.gov or by calling 511, is an excellent source of information, as is ADOT’s Twitter account: @ArizonaDOT.

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