With a white (or wet) Christmas coming, leave prepared and be patient
ADOT’s advice: Research
down and delay travel if necessary
‒ Whether yours is a white Christmas or a wet Christmas, the Arizona Department
of Transportation will make you a deal:
rain and snow in the forecast, ADOT will be ready to respond before, during and
after to whatever the weather may bring.
return, you should study weather and highway conditions before your trip, leave
prepared and drivewith patience ‒ or delay travel if conditions warrant.
latest National Weather Service forecast for Arizona’s high country calls for
between 6 and 12 inches of snow at elevations between 6,000 and 8,000 feet
beginning late Saturday morning and continuing into Saturday evening. Windblown
snow is expected to create hazardous driving conditions in areas.
lower elevations, the latest forecast calls for rain and gusting wind during
the same period.
has nearly 200 snowplows and 400 certified snowplow operators ready to clear
highways around the state, but if snowfall is heavy and widespread it may take
some time for them to reach every stretch.
hold the keys to safety if your route may have snow and ice. These are just
some of the winter-driving tips available at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.
down: Adjust your speed to conditions.
space: Leave extra room.
Avoid sudden braking.
Bring extra clothing and gloves
Make sure your tank
is half to three-quarters full at all times.
Keep your cellphone charged.
Pack extra water, snacks and all necessary medications.
emergency kit: blankets, a flashlight, an ice
of black ice.
Ice tends to form on bridges first.
waiting it out.
of these tips apply to driving on wet roads as well, including waiting out
threatening weather if need be. Here are some others:
windshield wipers and replace them if necessary.
headlights while driving.
areas where water is pooling in travel lanes.
your travels take you this holiday weekend, you can get the latest highway
conditions by calling 511 or visiting the Arizona Traveler Information site (az511.gov), where traffic and weather cameras
allow you to see current conditions around the state. ADOT’s Facebook (facebook.com/AZDOT) and Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) accounts are excellent
sources of information and interaction.
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