Navajo Nation declares state of emergency
Severe weather conditions prompt action
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management has declared a state of emergency on the Navajo Nation due to severe winter weather conditions.
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. concurred with the resolution declaring the state of emergency.
"I hereby direct all Navajo Nation divisions, programs and departments to provide support and assistance to the Commission on Emergency Management and the Incident Commander," he stated. "This shall include identifying available resources, staff and equipment."
The President directed each division director to assess the availability of Navajo Nation four-wheel drive vehicles so they can be used to deliver food coal and feed for livestock and/or transporting individuals in need of medical attention.
Hopi government operations are suspended today because of the weather. A volunteer emergency response team is working to help rescue stranded travelers and to take supplies such as wood to the elderly and others in need.
The National Weather Service of Flagstaff has listed the status of most of the Navajo and Hopi reservations under a hazardous weather outlook. Snow is likely today with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Conditions will remain cloudy with southwest winds between six and eight miles per hour. Snow could be heavy at times. A total daytime snow accumulation of one to two inches is possible.
Expect cloudy skies tonight, with lows dipping to 25 degrees. The chance of precipitation rises to 70 percent with new snow accumulations of one to three inches.
Conditions improve tomorrow with a 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. The high will reach 35 degrees. One inch of snow is possible. Mostly sunny conditions are expected Sunday.
Roads remain snow packed and icy. The Arizona Department of Public Safety continues to plow roadways. The Department of Public Safety discourages motorists from traveling.
For the latest road conditions and closures, call the Arizona Department of Transportation's Freeway Management System at 1-888-411-7623 or visit az511.com.