Drivers should expect potentially hazardous driving conditions in higher elevations of northern Arizona as a late-season winter storm is expected to bring rain and snow to parts of the state through Thursday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

With another snowstorm forecast Tuesday afternoon in Arizona’s high country, keep in mind that the safest option while snow falls is delaying travel until Arizona Department of Transportation snowplows have had time to clear state highways.

A highway can close suddenly due to crashes and fast-accumulating snow. During recent snowstorms, northbound Interstate 17 climbing out of the Verde Valley toward Flagstaff and a steep section of eastbound Interstate 40 at Ash Fork Hill, just west of Williams, have closed temporarily as conditions deteriorated.

Verde Ranger District fire managers plan to continue fuels treatments east of the junction of Highway 169 and I-17 starting Tuesday, January 30th  through Friday, February 2nd; weather conditions permitting.    Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.  

A brush fire burning in the median on Interstate 17 at milepost 249 is causing extensive southbound delays, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Traffic is backed up about 7 miles from Bumble Bee Road to Badger Springs Road. Motorists should consider taking an alternate route, including State Route 260 through Camp Verde to SR 87 through Payson.

There will no longer be an evening update released starting this evening.


Location: Bradshaw Ranger District of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)

Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Size: Approximately 25,714 acres

Percent Contained: 44%

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources Assigned: Approximately 1,222 personnel

State Route 69 remains closed between Interstate 17 in Cordes Junction and State Route 169 in Prescott Valley as crews continue fighting the Goodwin Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers heading to or from the Prescott area can alternate routes including State Route 169 and State Route 89, but they should leave prepared for the possibility of heavy traffic and delays on those routes.

There is no estimate available on when State Route 69 will reopen. It is possible the highway will remain closed all day Wednesday.


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