The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) warns that northern Arizona, above 5,000 feet, could receive upwards of 10 inches of snow accumulation starting Thursday and through the weekend. In addition, overnight and morning low temperatures are expected to cause a hard freeze making highways extremely slippery.
Jerome, Upper Oak Creek Canyon, Copper Canyon south and east of Camp Verde on SR 260 rise above 5000 feet.
If you must travel to the Flagstaff Friday, be patient as traffic will be moving slower. Vehicles equipped with snow tires or vehicles with all-wheel or four wheel drive typically perform the best in these types of highway conditions. The Highway Patrol will be shifting resources to make as many patrolmen available as possible to respond to emergency calls during this period.
The National Weather Service says the storm system will bring widespread rain and snow to Northern Arizona through Friday. A second and much colder system is expected Saturday and Sunday
Expect much colder temperatures and significant snow accumulations over the higher elevations. Snow levels will lower to 4500 feet (Sedona's elevation) by Friday. Below normal temperatures are expected next week.
To check on the latest winter road conditions, call 5-1-1 or view this information on ADOT's website at www. AZ511.gov. Dial 9-1-1 only for emergency situations.