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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

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 or by calling 511, is an excellent source of information, as is ADOT’s Twitter account: @ArizonaDOT.

Poor road conditions in area…

Due to the ongoing winter storm in our area, road conditions can include ice, snow, wind, and limited visibility to include white out situations.  We urge you to avoid travel if at all possible, and if you must be out on the roadways, use extreme caution and allow plenty of extra time.  Have your emergency winter items in your vehicle, including a shovel in the event you become stuck in the snow, protective winter clothing and boots, etc.

Although the highways may be open, travel on them could be limited under the current conditions.  Some reports include slow and near-stopped traffic of some areas of I-40 and I-17.  Be prepared for quickly changing conditions and SLOW DOWN, especially on our mountain roadways.

For current road conditions refer to website or call their information phone at 1-888-411-7623.

Storm timing…..

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NWS Flagstaff 1-6-2016b

Next storm due tonight….

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NWS Flagstaff 1-6-2016

“A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of northern Arizona above 5000 feet in elevation. The storm system currently approaching the area is expected to be much colder than the first two. The primary period of snowfall is expected to be from tonight through late Thursday evening, with some snowfall continuing into Friday.”

“Those living in the 4000-5000 foot range (Prescott area, Winslow, Sedona, Payson, etc.) should be aware that a small change in snow levels could mean a large change in snowfall amounts. Please follow forecasts for updated information.”

Please note the predicted snowfall totals for your area from this latest storm.

Storm impact, thus far….

Please be aware the first storm for this week has produced hazardous conditions in our northern area.  Road conditions vary.  Check current conditions before you venture out.  Prepare and remain informed for next storm due later today, and through to the weekend.

Current, up to date information can be found at the following sites:

ADOT Twitter,
ADOT Facebook,

Weather Twitter,
Weather Facebook,

FlagScanner, Flagstaff and general area beyond

Grand Canyon National Park website,
GCNP Twitter,
GCNP Facebook,

Coconino County website,
Coconino County Twitter,
Coconino County Facebook,