Because of the rapidly changing nature of winter storms, the Interstate 40 grade west of Williams got so much snow in brief period overnight Tuesday that the freeway temporarily closed.
Phoenix-area freeways will be free of construction closures this weekend (Jan. 5-8). The Arizona Department of Transportation is not scheduling any closures or major lane restrictions along Valley freeways from Friday night through Monday morning.
Drivers should focus on safety while behind the wheel, including obeying speed limits, avoiding distractions and never driving while impaired. Please use caution when approaching and traveling through existing work zones.
Winter’s worst is still ahead as the El Niño weather pattern promises above-normal precipitation, but with storm systems heading into Arizona starting this weekend, travelers should prepare for rain, snow, strong winds and the potential for blowing dust.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds drivers to be prepared as a mid-week storm system crosses the state. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Winds up to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible and motorists should be ready for low visibility due to blowing dust. Even though monsoon season is over, blowing dust is possible throughout the year.
The summer oven has been turned on across the state, so the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reminds motorists to take precautions for driving in extreme heat. Whether embarking on a long road trip, getting away for the weekend or even commuting to work, taking a few moments to prepare for hot weather conditions could be a lifesaver.