High winds, blowing dust could effect driving in southwest AZ
Snow expected in High Country

Reduced visibility, possible dust storms could slow traffic Thursday
Up to 10 inches of snow expected in Northern Arizona   

PHOENIX The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Thursday (Dec. 1) that could impact drivers traveling in southwest Arizona.

Strong sustained northern winds from 25 to 35 mph, including wind gusts up to 40 mph, are predicted to reach Yuma and La Paz counties.

The Arizona Department of Transportation urges motorists traveling on Interstate 10, Interstate 8 and US 95/State Route 95 to use extra caution due to possible difficult driving conditions as strong winds over desert areas can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility due to blowing dust.

Motorists play in important role in safety when operating their vehicles during a dust storm. ADOT and the Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low visibility dust storm.

▪    Check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
▪    Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
▪    Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and not near where any vehicles may travel.
▪    Turn off all vehicle lights.
▪    Set your emergency brake and take the foot off the brake.
▪    Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts intact and wait for the storm to pass.

ADOT, along with DPS, will continue to work as a public safety team to support Arizona’s highways and drivers and will closely monitor conditions on the highways while maintaining driver safety. 

Drivers planning trips tomorrow are urged to monitor travel conditions by calling 5-1-1 within Arizona, 1.888.411.ROAD outside the state, or via the Web at www.az511.gov. Because weather conditions can quickly evolve, drivers are encouraged to regularly check in with ADOT’s Traveler Information Service.  Motorists should delay or detour travel plans if necessary.
DPS reminds drivers to prepare for the snowing conditions tonight and into the weekend

Motorists should be aware of the driving conditions and plan accordingly

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been advised that northern Arizona, above 5,000 feet, could receive upwards of 10 inches of snow accumulation starting Thursday and through the weekend. In addition, overnight and morning low temperatures are expected to cause a hard freeze making highways extremely slippery. If you must travel to the Flagstaff area beginning tomorrow, be patient as traffic will be moving slower. Vehicles equipped with snow tires or vehicles with all-wheel or four wheel drive typically perform the best in these types of highway conditions. The Highway Patrol will be shifting resources to make as many patrolmen available as possible to respond to emergency calls during this period.