ADOT has nearly 200 snowplows and 400 certified drivers stationed around the state to address snow and ice. But as Christmas weekend showed, especially on Interstate 40 from Flagstaff west to Ash Fork and on Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff, a snowstorm can be so intense that travel becomes unsafe quickly.
With nationwide attention on the recent rescue of the Klein family and questions generated from the public, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and its Search and Rescue Unit would like to take this opportunity to remind people about being prepared before winter travel. Each year, the Sheriff’s Office responds to countless calls from motorists who have become stranded or stuck on impassable roads because they were following “alternate routes” listed on technology devices and map apps.
A powerful snowstorm is creating hazardous driving conditions on Arizona highways in higher elevations, resulting in closures of Interstate 40 in both directions west of Flagstaff and northbound Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
With stretches of some state routes closed as well due to crashes and accumulating snow, travelers should consider delaying travel until ADOT snowplows are able to clear highways.