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ADOT New Year’s Weekend Snow Alerts

Sedona AZ (December 29, 2018)Does word of snow in the high country put you in the mood to sled, ski, throw snowballs or build Frosty the Snowman? With a longer New Year’s weekend on many people’s calendars, US 180 northwest of Flagstaff and other highways near popular snow-play areas are likely to see longer lines of traffic as the day progresses. So be ready to spend extended time in winter weather.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has some rules of the road for those wanting to play in the snow: It’s unsafe to park along highway shoulders to play, and you also shouldn’t sled or play on slopes next to highways.

ADOT offers more tips to help you get travel ready at www.azdot.gov/KnowSnow. Exclusive www.SedonaEye.com photo

Safety begins with equipping yourself, your passengers and your vehicle for the trip. Take winter coats, blankets, a fully charged cellphone and portable charger, plenty of fuel, drinking water, snacks and essential medications. ADOT offers more tips to help you get ready at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.

Use designated parking areas and never stop along highways to play in the snow. Highway shoulders are for emergencies, and stopping there can put you, your passengers and other drivers at risk. First responders often need to use highway shoulders, and a snowplow can hurl snow and ice far off the highway.

Signs along US 180 northwest of Flagstaff note that highway shoulders are for emergencies only.

Research where you plan to play in the snow and what designated parking is available there. If your destination is the Flagstaff area, the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau lists snow-play locations at FlagstaffArizona.org (follow the Winter Recreation link) and offers a hotline at 844.256.SNOW.

Be sure to check highway conditions before hitting the road and look at the latest weather forecast. Visiting ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov or calling 511 will alert you to incidents as well as snow and ice on the road. For Interstate 17 travelers, ADOT’s message boards now provide estimated travel times to Flagstaff, Prescott and other popular high-country destinations.

The free ADOT Alerts app, available for iOS and Android devices at ADOTAlerts.com, will notify users about weather-related delays and closures. In addition, it will alert those along US 180 if delays back to Flagstaff appear likely.

Watch for ADOT signs.

While those visiting popular snow-play sites can possibly avoid delays by making an earlier start back, there are no guarantees. If your trip back toward the Valley takes you on US 180 through Flagstaff, you can save time by using a marked alternate route to Interstate 40 at Butler Avenue, via Switzer Canyon Drive and Route 66, and then heading west to I-17. Remain on I-17 to the Valley.

Avoid scenic and off road highway and byway delays by staying on Arizona Interstates and follow ADOT marked alternate route signs and message boards. Know before  you go by using the free ADOT Alerts app.

Drive safely, always carry an emergency travel kit, water, extra layers of clothing and shoes, and snacks.

SedonaEye.com Poco Diablo McGuire Four Paws Up Pet Columnist reminds everyone traveling with Four Paws Up pet family members to pack a pet blanket, food and water, and leashes especially if traveling into colder climes.

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  1. Leah Jones says:

    There’s no government shutdown at Grand Canyon Skywalk. Begin 2019 with a bang. Visit The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West and think about your New Year’s resolution while you take in one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

  2. ADOT Sedona Snow Alert says:

    Snow, roads advisory Dec. 31, 1:30 p.m.

    Snow and icy conditions have caused numerous traffic accidents, and many streets are closed both approaching and inside of the Sedona city limits. We advise you to limit travel until the storm passes and conditions improve.

    The Sedona Police Department continues to respond to safety needs, and Public Works personnel are plowing and applying cinders to streets, with a priority on maintaining key access and emergency routes. Clearing neighborhood streets will take longer, once the precipitation has ended. The city has requested assistance from ADOT and Yavapai County in this work.

    City offices will close to regular business at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31, and will also be closed on New Year’s Day. Sedona Police, Public Works and other essential safety personnel remain on duty.

    TO STAY UP TO DATE, follow this link to sign up for, and view, the city’s Nixle safety alerts.
    For road conditions use ADOT’s 511 system.

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