With another snowstorm in the forecast for Arizona’s high country this weekend, it’s important to remember to delay travel and stay off the roads if possible.
During recent snowstorms, sections of Interstate 17 north of Cordes Junction and State Route 89A near Jerome closed due to crashes and heavy snowfall. State routes 169 and 260 were also closed. These kinds of unexpected events can occur when there is inclement weather; therefore, it’s safest to wait out the storm before driving.
Arizona Department of Transportation crews are ready to plow the roads and help keep them clear, but it can still be hazardous to drive in a storm where visibility and road surface conditions can change quickly.
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.
ADOT Equipment Service technicians have been keeping the snowplows in shape, and the highways have been treated with deicing material to keep snow and ice from sticking to the road surface.
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 cell phone.
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.