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.
With two holiday weekends approaching and snow in the forecast, travelers should expect plenty of company at snow-play areas, including those along US 180 outside Flagstaff, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Leave prepared if heading to Arizona’s high country, starting with the knowledge that traffic can be heavy and conditions can be challenging, leading to more time than expected in wintry weather. Here are other ways to make your trip safer and more enjoyable:
Make sure you pack some patience and play it smart when heading out on the highways for Thanksgiving weekend.
Doing so could save your life, as last year’s was the deadliest Thanksgiving weekend on state highways and local roads in the past decade. The toll a year ago: 18 people killed, six of them in crashes involving impaired drivers.