Snow pounds N. Ariz.; some roads closed, travel discouraged

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UPDATE: Tuesday night

DPS is warning that travel remains hazardous throughout the high country due to snow and icy conditions, even though the storm has left the state. Some secondary roads are still closed.

DPS warns that driving conditions are still very dangerous, particularly on the following roads:

I-40 between California and Flagstaff and I-17 in the Flagstaff area.

Roads are closed between Heber and Star Valley on SR 260 near Payson and SR 87 remains closed north of Payson.

Heavy snow has also closed U.S. 60 between Superior and Miami.

UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon

DPS continues to urge those traveling north to use extreme caution and be aware of Black Ice and less than ideal roadway conditions.

Mohave County:

New** Interstate 40 :Has been reopened with no restrictions. I-40 was previously closed on the EB side between mp 9 and mp 72.

US 66: Closed in both directions between Peach Springs and Seligman due to road conditions.

SR 68: Is open but has been frequently blocked by disabled vehicles becoming stuck in the snow and ice at Union pass or milepost 12. SR 68 connects Kingman and Bullhead City/ Laughlin, Nev.

SR 93: Open and passable.

SR 95: Open and passable.

Coconino County:

Interstate 17 : Open and passable

Interstate 40: Open and passable

US 180: Closed indefinitely.

SR 89: Open and passable

Gila / Navajo Counties:

State Route 260 : Closed in both directions to all traffic, in-between Heber and Star Valley (just outside of Payson).

State Route 87: Restricted to chains or four wheel drive in-between Strawberry and Clints Well.

US 60: Open and passable. US 60 was previously closed between Superior and Miami and the Salt River Canyon was closed as well but has since been cleared.

Gila/ Pima Counties:

SR 77: Closed. SR 77 is expected to be opened up very soon in-between Globe and Kearny-Winkleman area.

Yavapai County:

All state highways are open and passable in Yavapai County.

Cochise County:

All state highways open and passable

Pima County:

All state highways open and passable

UPDATE: Tuesday morning

PHOENIX -- Motorists are advised against travel in the higher elevations of Arizona due to heavy snow and icy conditions.

Several were reported by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, including sections of Interstate 40 in the Lake Havasu City and Kingman areas.

The National Weather Service posted either winter storm warnings or winter storm advisories for the higher elevations in the eastern two-thirds of the state, with the snow level dropping as low as 2,500 feet in southern Arizona and 3,000 feet in central Arizona.

Even Tucson could get a rare snowfall.

The Weather Service said the latest storm, which moved into Arizona Monday, had dumped 15 inches of snow in Flagstaff, with 5 to 10 inches in Prescott, 6 inches in Payson, and 4 inches at the Grand Canyon's South Rim.

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The following is a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety -- Tuesday at 8 a.m.

CHAINS AND 4WD HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND REQUIRED IN MANY AREAS!

This is an update to the current winter weather affecting our state highway systems in Northern and South Eastern Arizona. Northern counties have received more heavy snow overnight, with the roads becoming very icy and slippery. We are continuing to urge the public to avoid traveling in northern Arizona until the roadways can be cleared and made passable.

Please use for the latest roadway information.

Mohave County

New** Interstate 40 Is open but very dangerous traveling due to very icy conditions. Officers are working several slide offs, and minor non-injury collisions.

Interstate 40 in-between Flagstaff and Kingman is very dangerous and not advised to travel upon.

Coconino County

Interstate 17 ADOT is continuing to work throughout the Flagstaff area, utilizing four snowplows simultaneously in order to clear the roadway. DPS is working multiple slide offs and non-injury collisions due to the icy road conditions. We are working a one vehicle non-injury roll-over on I-40 at MP 139. US 180: Still remains closed:

Gila / Navajo Counties

State Route 260 : Closed in both directions, in-between Heber and Star Valley (just outside of Payson). Due to several jackknifed Semi-Trucks and large snow drifts. SB SR77 northbound closed At GLOBE; SR260 Closed Star Valley to Heber; SR87 N of Payson; US60 is closed between Superior and Miami due to heavy snow fall and dense fog; SR77 has 10 in of snow and multiple vehicles stuck not plowed, DPS is working to check on all those vehicles; SR177 is not plowed.

New** State Route 87: Continues to be closed in both directions north of Payson. ADOT cannot keep up with the rapid accumulation of snow and icy roads.

Pima / Cochise County

New** East I-10 from Tucson; SR 90 to Sierra Vista Snow packed and icy road conditions. DPS is working several slide offs and minor non-injury collisions.

PREVIOUS REPORTS:

The following is a press release from the D.P.S. Monday evening, at 7pm:

CHAINS AND 4WD HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND REQUIRED IN MANY AREAS!

SEVERAL HIGHWAYS CLOSED, BLOCKED OR IMPASSABLE AT THIS TIME.

Please use for the latest roadway information.

Mohave County:

Interstate 40 Westbound Closed at milepost 88 near the Mohave and Yavapai county line.

All westbound traffic is being diverted in Seligman onto US 66.

Traffic will remain on US 66 and re-enter I-40 in Kingman.

Westbound I-40 was closed at about 2:00 p.m. due to several Semi Tractor Trailers becoming stuck on the road and others sliding off of the roadway in that area.

Several collisions also have occurred in this area some with injuries, none life threatening or fatal however.

The back up reached more than 12 miles in length at one point today. The area is now receiving more heavy snow at the present time.

Interstate 40: Eastbound completely blocked at milepost 47 in Kingman due to a jackknifed Semi-Truck.

US 93: Blocked just prior to the SR 68 Junction outside of Kingman due to several jackknifed Semi-Trucks.

SR 68: Blocked in-between Kingman and Bullhead City due to several jackknifed Semi-Trucks

Coconino County:

Interstate 17 Northbound near Flagstaff is currently at a standstill, with traffic backed up for about five miles due to a jackknifed Semi-Truck.

DPS Officers are having to walk in on foot to address the traffic problem.

Southbound Open, but slow going.

US 180: Closed: DPS is assisting ADOT with closing US 180 at this time.

Interstate 40: Blocked westbound at milepost 206-207 in Flagstaff due to several vehicles including due to several Semi-Trucks stuck and slid off.

DPS Officers are responding to dozens of reported slide offs and collisions on the I-40 corridor in Coconino County

SR 89: Southbound at milepost 432 near the San Francisco Peaks is blocked due to several jackknifed Semi-Trucks.

Gila / Navajo Counties:

State Route 260: Closed in-between Heber and Star Valley (just outside of Payson). Due to several jackknifed Semi-Trucks and snow drifts.

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says State Route 87 is closed in the Strawberry and Pine area due to low visibility from heavy snowfall.

Several areas of northern Arizona are experiencing heavy snowfall with limited visibility.

Roadway surfaces are slippery and may be impassable due to the rapid snow accumulation on the roadways, especially in Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties.

DPS says Interstate 40 westbound is blocked at milepost 88 near the Mohave and Yavapai County line due to several tractor-trailers stuck in the both lanes of traffic.

In addition, many state highways now require snow chains or four-wheel drive.

For current road and weather conditions please visit the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Web site at .