Snow And Heavy Rain Continuing To Fall, ADOT Advises Putting Off Travel As Safest Option

Last updated at 9:15 PM

Rain And Flood Warnings

The National Weather Service in Phoenix has Issued a Flood Advisory for Maricopa County in South Central Arizona. Heavy rain (primarily in central & eastern AZ) will continue through the evening before tapering off Fri morning. There will be embedded tstorms producing larger amounts of rainfall in addition to hail. Washes will continue to fill & cause hazardous driving conditions. Hail has been reported in the Anthem area near Glendale along with flood warnings in Anthem and Cave Creek.

The National Weather Service issued the following alert for Maricopa and Pinal County areas:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ
1246 PM MST THU FEB 21 2019
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SOUTH MOUNTAIN/AHWATUKEE-SONORAN DESERT NATL MONUMENT-SCOTTSDALE/PARADISE VALLEY-BUCKEYE/AVONDALE-CAVE CREEK/NEW RIVER-NORTHWEST PINAL COUNTY-CENTRAL PHOENIX-NORTHWEST VALLEY-DEER VALLEY-NORTH PHOENIX/GLENDALE-1246 PM MST THU FEB 21 2019…A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT MARICOPA AND PINAL

COUNTIES…
AT 1246 PM MST, RADAR INDICATED STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SURPRISE TO NEAR CASHION TO NEAR ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN RANCH. MOVEMENT WAS NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH AND HALF INCH HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS. 

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PHOENIX, GLENDALE, PEORIA, SURPRISE, AVONDALE, GOODYEAR, EL MIRAGE,
PARADISE VALLEY, TOLLESON, YOUNGTOWN, SUN CITY WEST, WADDELL, LAVEEN,
CASHION, SUN CITY, NEW RIVER, LITCHFIELD PARK, CAVE CREEK, PIESTEWA
PEAK PARK AND DEER VALLEY AIRPORT.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
AZ INTERSTATE 10 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 126 AND 149.
AZ INTERSTATE 17 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 195 AND 223.
AZ ROUTE 51 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 15.

THESE STORMS MAY INTENSIFY, SO BE CERTAIN TO MONITOR LOCAL RADIO STATIONS AND AVAILABLE TELEVISION STATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Heavy Snowfall

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.

Wherever they travel and in whatever weather they face, motorists should slow down for safety and expect the unexpected. Those traveling in areas with snow and ice should give ADOT’s plows plenty of room to work, staying at least four vehicle lengths behind and never passing a working plow until the operator pulls over to let traffic pass.

At 1:15 p.m., these were the major highway restrictions around Arizona. Because the situation remains dynamic, the best way to keep track of highway closures, restrictions and conditions is following ADOT’s Twitter account at (@ArizonaDOT), calling 511, using the free ADOT Alerts app available at ADOTAlerts.com and visiting the Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov. A pop-up alert on ADOT’s homepage, azdot.gov, also has an updated list of closures:

  • I-40 eastbound was closed at SR 95 in northwestern Arizona, with traffic detoured south on State Route 95.
  • State Route 89A just outside of Flagstaff was closed between mileposts 387-398.
  • State Route 260 was closed in both directions between Star Valley and Heber-Overgaard. SR 260 eastbound was closed at milepost 228 east of I-17.
  • State Route 87 southbound was closed just south of Payson at milepost 250.
  • State Route 87 was closed from Payson to Winslow, mileposts 254-337.
  • If decide to travel in the high country, slow down for safety, budget plenty of time and leave prepared for the possibility that you will be delayed by closures related to weather and crashes. Four-wheel-drive vehicles and chains are recommended in some areas due to heavy snow.

As of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, these were the major highway closures around Arizona. Because the situation remains dynamic, the best ways to keep track of highway closures, restrictions and conditions are following ADOT’s Twitter account at (@ArizonaDOT), calling 511, using the freeADOT Alerts app available at ADOTAlerts.com and visiting the Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov. A pop-up alert on ADOT’s homepage, azdot.gov, has an updated list of major closures:

 

  • I-17 northbound at State Route 179, milepost 298

 

    • Both directions of State Route 87 between Payson and Winslow

 

  • Both directions State Route 260 between Star Valley and Heber-Overgaard, mileposts 256-302, and eastbound State Route 260 east of milepost 228 near Interstate 17
  • Both directions of SR 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff, mileposts 375-398

 

  • US 60 between Superior and Miami and between State Route 73 and Globe
  • State Route 77 between Globe and Winkelman
  • State Route 177 between Superior and Hayden

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