DPS issues road warnings for Christmas Eve and Day

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More snow in AZ high country

The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety:

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) is requesting all motorists traveling on Arizona highways to exercise care and caution and they travel during the 2008 Christmas Holiday time period.

The National Weather Service has advised that a strong winter snow storm will be moving into Arizona on Wednesday, December 24 and will probably intensify on Christmas Day, December 25.The winter storm will affect several parts of the state with heavy snowfall projected at 12-24 inches in elevations above 6000 feet and producing rain in lower elevations.The increasing cold temperatures may drop the snow level to 4000 for some areas.In addition, the storm may produce wind gusts up to 40 M.P.H. which when combined with either snow or rain creates poor visibility for motorists traveling on Arizona's public highways.

The snow, ice and slippery roadway advisories are for Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo, Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Cochise and Maricopa (Northern section) Counties.All other Central and Southern Arizona Counties can expect rain and possibly freezing rain depending on the cold temperatures and elevation.

DPS is prepared with department-wide resources to provide a timely response to collisions, medical emergencies, slide-offs and disabled motorists.The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has updated it Web site for Road and Weather information.To see what has been updated .

The following is a press release from the National Weather Service:

Another winter storm is expected to arrive Wednesday evening and continue through Friday morning.

Heavy snow accumulations combined with very strong winds will create adverse driving conditions.

A winter storm watch has been issued for areas above 6000 feet... Although snow could fall as low as 3500 feet by Friday morning.

Kaibab Plateau - Grand Canyon Country - Coconino plateau - Yavapai county mountains - Chuska mountains and Defiance plateau - Western Mogollon rim - Eastern Mogollon rim - White Mountains - Northern Gila county - Black Mesa area - including the cities of...Jacob Lake...Fredonia... Grand Canyon village...Supai...North Rim...Valle...Prescott... Seligman...Ash Fork...Window Rock...Ganado...Flagstaff... Williams...Munds Park...Heber...Happy Jack...Forest Lakes... Show Low...Greer...Pinetop...Payson...Strawberry...Young... Navajo

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday morning for elevations above 6000 feet...

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.

Another storm system will arrive Wednesday night...continuing through Friday morning.

This storm has the potential to produce snowfall amounts in excess of a foot above 6000 feet...with lesser amounts down to 3500 feet by Friday morning.

Significant blowing and drifting snow is also possible.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations and strong winds. These conditions may impact travel.