Winter storm forecast for northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A major winter storm is being forecast for Northern Arizona today through tomorrow. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) crews throughout northern Arizona are already plowing roads for what appears to be the first major snow event this year. Local and area residents are encouraged to advise their relatives, coworkers and friends of this information.

ADOT crews will be out when the snow starts to fall. However, motorists who will be traveling in the high country are also advised to prepare for winter driving conditions by following the tips listed below.

Winter Driving Tips

Prepare for the storm. Be sure to have a full tank of gas, warm clothes, chains or snow cables, food and water, cell phone, know the weather conditions to and from your destination and make sure you plan ahead for winter driving conditions. Get plenty of rest before your trip and give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Make sure you let someone know where you're going, what route you will be taking and when you expect to arrive. When driving, remember these important tips.

• Take your time and be patient

• Always brake slowly and avoid panic braking

• Always accelerate slowly to get the best traction

• Do not turn abruptly, turn slowly and gradually

• Increase the distance between you and traffic ahead, allow yourself plenty of time to break and steer around upcoming hazards

• Ice forms on bridges first

• Black ice is difficult to see - it forms with very little moisture during freezing temperatures

• When stopped on the roadway, keep to the right to allow emergency vehicles to get around you

• Beware of shaded areas on the roadway, ice may be present

• Do not follow too closely behind snow plows.

If you are in an accident, become stuck or are just taking a break, do not get out of your vehicle and stand in the roadway. Sliding vehicles are hard to hear on ice and snow and you increase your risk of being hit. Watch traffic, stay out of and away from the roadway and stay alert to your surroundings. ADOT or DPS will assist you as soon as possible.

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