Blowing Dust is Closing Arizona Highways


Arizona drivers and travelers watch out! Hazardous driving conditions in both northern and southeastern Arizona are expected until tomorrow afternoon.

The National Weather Service calls for snow along Interstate 40 from Seligman to Winslow with eight to 16 inches in Williams and Flagstaff, travelers should be ready to postpone trips. Winter driving tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) include packing an emergency kit, give snow plows room, avoid sudden breaking, and beware of black ice especially at night. They will have more than a third of its snowplow crew out to clear snow and ice off highways. With strong wind forecast in the southeast, drivers should watch for blowing dust between Willcox and the New Mexico line. Forty-five mph winds have already been detected, with visibility less than one mile.

Current road closures include I-10 in both directions near San Simon, and Eastbound I-10 at mile post 352. There is no estimated time to reopen, drivers can use US 191 northbound as an alternate. ADOT recommends that you pull all the way off the road, turn off all lights and take your foot off the brake if you are stuck in a dust storm.

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