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Northern Arizona highways remain closed overnight

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  • High winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow bring closure to highways in Northern Arizona
  • Due to dangerous conditions, roads were necessarily closed
  • Here is a list of closures in northern Arizona.
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Check your routes before starting out to make sure your roads are open 

PHOENIX – Due to high winds, falling temperatures and blowing snow, highways in northern Arizona are expected to remain closed overnight, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers should expect the following closures to remain in place overnight. ADOT along with the Department of Public Safety will reassess the situation on Thursday morning.

  • I-40 eastbound between US 93 and Winslow (MP 72-252)
  • I-40 westbound between Holbrook and US 93 (MP 289-72)
  • I-17 NB between SR 179 and Flagstaff (MP 298-340)
  • SR 87 between Winslow and Payson (MP 342-252)
  • SR 260 eastbound between McNary and Greer (MP 360-385)
  • SR 273 between SR 260 and Sunrise Park (MP 377-383)
  • SR 260 from east of Camp Verde to the SR 87 Junction (MP 229-252)
  • US 180 north of Snowbowl (MP 236-248)
  • SR 89A Sedona and I-17 (MP 375-398)
  • SR 64 near the Grand Canyon (MP 240-264)
  • US 191 South of Alpine (MP 188-252)

The National Weather Service is forecasting blizzard conditions and “treacherous driving conditions” that include wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour; 2-3 inches of snow per hour, and wind chill temperatures falling below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The strong winds will create hazards for drivers, especially for those of high-profile vehicles. 

Drivers who choose to travel on other roadways during this week’s storms should be prepared to spend extended time on the road in extreme winter conditions. You should avoid traveling in winter weather to avoid situations where highways are impassable for long periods of time. Tracking the forecast and packing an emergency travel kit before traveling are among ADOT’s safety recommendations.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, downloading the AZ511 app, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT



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Last modified on Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:25
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