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 snow continuing to fall, putting off travel is the safest option
Multiple stretches of Arizona’s highways remained closed Thursday afternoon, Feb. 21, due to a powerful winter storm whose fury continues across much of the state.
With the heavy weather expected to last into Friday, the safest option at present is for drivers to delay travel to and through higher elevations until the Arizona Department of Transportation’s plows have cleared highways of snow and ice. Motorists in lower elevations may see some snow along with considerable rainfall.
North Zone fire managers plan to begin prescribed fire operations on Monday (Nov. 12, 2018) and continue through all of next week on up to 3,000 acres on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest, depending on weather conditions, fuel moisture and smoke dispersal on any given day.
Specifically, fire managers plan to treat acres in the following four project locations through the week in order to improve forest health and reduce the risk of unnaturally severe wildfire:
With back-to-back snowstorms bearing down on Arizona, know what you’re driving into before heading to the high country.
Highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather as snow accumulates and drivers struggle, and closures can happen suddenly and be prolonged. If enough snow falls, the Arizona Department of Transportation may close lesser-used highways while snowplows address busier routes.
State Route 89A in the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks (mileposts 387-390) was fully reopened this afternoon after crews repaired a sinkhole that had been discovered in the northbound lane on Saturday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The southbound lane was reopened at 10:30 a.m. today.
State Route 89A in the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks (mileposts 387-390) was partially reopened this morning after crews reopened the southbound lane, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Both lanes of SR 89A were closed Saturday afternoon after a sinkhole was spotted on the northbound lane of the two-lane roadway.
Both directions of traffic will be guided through the area with assistance from a flagger until the northbound lane is reopened.
A sinkhole in the roadway has closed State Route 89A at the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The highway is closed in both directions between mileposts 387-390, about 15 miles south of Flagstaff. Motorists can use Interstate 17 as an alternate route. The closure is expected to be in place through the weekend.
For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.