Winter storm intensifies in high country
ADOT warns drivers to prepare for rain, wind, snow
FLAGSTAFF – A winter storm - packing rain, wind, and the possibility of light snow and ice in the high country – is brewing.
ADOT said in a press release that Arizonans should drive with care and adjust their speed to conditions.
While much of the state is expected to see rain Friday, stated the release, the forecast for many areas also calls for sustained winds of between 30 and 40 mph and even stronger gusts.
Tonight, a cold front will lower snow levels to around 5,000 feet and drop temperatures.
While the Verde Valley isn’t expected to get snow, meteorologist Megan Taylor from the National Weather Service said Cottonwood can expect showers throughout the day, and more showers and gusty winds in the evening. Taylor said weather conditions will clear up by tomorrow morning, but temperatures will still be chilly; a high of 45 is expected for Saturday, and a high of 50 is expected for Sunday. Lows will be in the 20s.
ADOT said drivers heading toward higher elevations should be prepared for the possibility of light snow accumulating as well as ice on the road.
Nearly 200 snowplows and 400 certified snowplow drivers are ready.
If driving in the high country this weekend, ADOT suggests visiting azdot.gov/KnowSnow for winter driving tips.