Coconino County encourages residents to prepare for snow, winds
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Due to the possibility of snow and high winds over the next few days, Coconino County is encouraging all citizens to prepare for adverse driving conditions and possible power outages. The National Weather Service is predicting up to one to two feet of snow, combined with high winds in Northern Arizona beginning Wednesday night through Friday morning.
Weather conditions will impact travel. Citizens are encouraged to stay off the roads as much as possible during the storm. Expected high winds with gusts of up to 40 mph will combine with the snowfall to produce blowing and drifting snow and limited visibilities. Roads may also become ice-packed when temperatures fall.
The County snow plow schedule is prioritized on a greatest impact basis. The main roads (arterials) are plowed first, followed by collector and residential streets. This allows citizens some mobility within the community and keeps access for emergency services as open as possible. Once these routes are accessible, side streets and cul-de-sacs are plowed. With rapid snowfall, it may be necessary to stay on the arterial and collector roads longer, delaying snow plow services on side streets and cul-de-sacs. The County also faces limited resources due to the holiday, and road service levels may be reduced.
Coconino County reminds everyone to prepare for snow-ins and power outages in these storms. Have extra bottled water and non-perishable food on hand as well as flashlights, battery-powered radios and extra batteries in your home. We also recommend winterizing your vehicle with snow tires, chains, blankets, water, a first aid kit, ice scraper, extra clothes, as well as keep the gas tank at least half full.
In the event of a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. Further information on winter preparedness can be found at www.coconino.az.gov/emergencysvcs.aspx?id=598.
To monitor regular weather advisories from the Sheriff's Office, log on to www.coconino.az.gov/sheriff.aspx?id=9834. For general County updates on the storm, log on to www.coconino.az.gov.
For 24-hour emergency related information, call the Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523; toll-free (800) 338-7888. For more information on County road conditions, call the Public Works Snow Dispatch at (928) 526-2735.
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