Saturday, March 17, 2012

DPS urges motorists to use extreme caution as northern Arizona is slammed by late winter storm

The National Weather Service predicts up to 20 inches of snow in Arizona's High Country over the weekend

Friday, March 16, 2012 -
The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been advised that northern Arizona, above 5,000 feet, could receive upwards of 10-20 inches of snow accumulation between late Saturday night and Monday morning of this weekend.
In addition, low overnight and morning temperatures are expected to cause a hard freeze making highways extremely slippery. If you must travel to the high country this weekend, please remember to be patient as traffic will be moving slower. DPS will be shifting its highway patrol resources to make as many patrolmen available as possible to respond to emergency calls during this period.
  • To check the latest winter road conditions, call 5-1-1 or view the information on the web at Dial 9-1-1 only for emergency situations.
  • Remember, the speed limit is based on dry clear roads, don’t drive too fast for conditions. Four-wheel drive doesn’t permit you to drive faster on snow packed or icy roads.
  • Leave at least 500 feet of distance between your vehicle and a snowplow or salt truck.
  • Make sure you have enough gas to reach your final destination; it can be hazardous to be stopped along the sides of the highway in these conditions.
  • Take note of mileposts, exit numbers or crossroads in case of an emergency so law enforcement officers or tow truck operators can find you.

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