Weather Service Forecasting Heavy Snow At Higher Elevations

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:59pm

Expect rain throughout the day, and if you’re driving north to higher elevations — snow, lot’s of it.  If it’s been awhile driving in snow for you, here's what to remember before you go.

The storm that dumped snow and rain across California is moving across Arizona clear up the Rockies.  The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy snow at elevations near and above the Mogollon Rim.

“Yeah, this is going to be a big storm dumping feet of snow up in the Flagstaff area," said Ryan Harding with the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Harding says the agency is watching the storm closely and preparing.

"Our plow drivers are already heading out ahead of the storm to prep the roads with de-icing material to keep the ice from forming on the roads,” he said.

If you go, he advises you prepare, too, beginning with an emergency kit.

“And, that includes extra blankets, extra warm clothes, a flash light, maybe an extra charger for your cell phone, food and water to drink, just in case they close the road down,” Harding said.

Prep the car, too, he says, and top off any fluids, check the window wipers, the car tread and call ahead for road conditions at az511.gov. 

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