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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 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.

Weather update…

Image and information from NSW Flagstaff Facebook post:

“Good news today if you like snow! A rather quick moving cold front will bring rain and mountain snow to northern AZ, along with cool temperatures and gusty winds. Expect a few hours of moderate snow above 5500 feet. Here’s our snowfall forecast and expected timing.”

NWS Flagstaff 1-15-2016

Ongoing updates can be found on their website as well.

County snow plan information….

Coconino County has a variety of information related to dealing with seasonal weather situations.  Area residents and visitors alike will find the Snow Plan page helpful, especially during these current winter weather-related days.

The main Snow Plan webpage is here and contains all the pertinent links to help you understand such things as snow removal policy, emergency management, how to sign up for the “Code Red Emergency” program, and much more.    Please visit the page and links to become more informed.

Latest storm data….

Information credit and original webpage:  NWS Flagstaff

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ
1245 PM MST THU JAN 7 2016

HERE ARE THE LATEST SNOWFALL REPORTS FROM OVERNIGHT INTO THIS MORNING.

********************NOON STORM TOTAL REPORTS********************

LOCATION                           AMOUNT                      TIME/DATE
WILLIAMS                              12.0 IN                      1230 PM 01/07
3 NNW PARKS                         9.0 IN                     0954 AM 01/07
FLAGSTAFF AIRPORT           8.9 IN                       100 AM 01/07
TONTO VILLAGE                     8.5 IN                       550 AM 01/07
1 ENE FOREST LAKES            8.0 IN                    0918 AM 01/07
3 WNW PRESCOTT                  7.0 IN                    1006 AM 01/07
3 WSW PRESCOTT                   7.0 IN                    1006 AM 01/07
PINE                                             7.0 IN                     1240 PM 01/07
MOUNTAINAIRE                      6.5 IN                    0554 AM 01/07
JACOB LAKE                              6.0 IN                    1006 AM 01/07
4 NNW DONEY PARK              6.0 IN                   0833 AM 01/07
GRAND CANYON VILLAGE    5.0 IN                   0710 AM 01/07
PINETOP-LAKESIDE                4.2 IN                   0759 AM 01/07
DONEY PARK                              3.4 IN                   0632 AM 01/07

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARITY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

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NWS FLAGSTAFF AZ
IRIS SYSTEM

Storm photos….

Below are a few photos of our current winter snow storm (taken early this morning).
Photo Credits:  Chief R. Trotter

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Rural Residential area

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Rural side roads may be hazardous due to ice and snow.  Use caution on these side roads as they may not be plowed, especially those privately maintained.

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Above two are Hwy 64 near and traveling south from the 76 Station.  Although plowed, there may be ice present along with possible new snow as this storm system moves through the area.

Also be aware of the possible changing conditions on I-40 and within the city limits of Williams.

Slow down.  Use great care on the roadways.  Delay travel plans, if possible, until this storm is completely clear of our area.