ADOT: Next round of storms coming; prepare for snowy roads

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A third wave of storms is set to slam into our state as early as Sunday afternoon.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning folks headed north to prepare for storm conditions and traffic hazards.  

ADOT warns that there could be very heavy traffic around popular snow-play sites.

Also, highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather as snow accumulates and drivers struggle, and closures can happen suddenly and be prolonged.

Your trip preparations should begin with packing a fully charged cell phone, drinking water, and winter coats, warm blankets or both. Among other winter driving tips at, you should also take healthy snacks; gloves, scarves, caps and extra socks; necessary medications; an ice scraper; a flashlight with extra batteries; a small folding shovel for snow removal; and a small bag of sand or cat litter for wheel traction.

Don't forget to plan your route and let someone know where you are going.

ADOT offers the following additional winter travel advice:

  • If you’re heading south from US 180 at day’s end, you can save time getting to Interstate 17 once you reach Flagstaff by taking a marked alternate route to Interstate 40 at Butler Avenue, via Switzer Canyon Drive and Route 66, then heading west to I-17.
  • Wherever you go, don’t park along highways or interstates or on freeway interchange ramps to play in the snow. That’s dangerous for you, other drivers and first responders. It exacerbates traffic congestion and makes it more difficult for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s snowplows to clear snow and ice. Park in designated areas away from highways.
  • The latest National Weather Service forecast for Arizona’s high country says the next winter storm is expected to enter the region as early as Sunday afternoon. It has the potential to produce significant snow and rain by late Sunday, though the exact timing remains uncertain.
  • Even if it isn’t snowing on your trip uphill, drive for conditions, slow down and avoid accelerating suddenly. Melting snow can turn into ice overnight, particularly around bridges. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one ahead to avoid sudden braki
  • Give snowplows a wide berth, staying at least four car lengths behind. Never pass a snowplow that’s clearing a road. Remember: The safest place on the road when it’s snowing is behind a plow.

ADOT’s Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) and Facebook ( accounts are excellent sources of information on traffic conditions, as is the ADOT Traveler Information site available at or by calling 511.

If you're hitting the roads in these wintry conditions, you should make sure you always have emergency supplies.

Todd "Wilderness Man" Jostes from the National Academy of Outdoor Survival gives us the following list for your emergency kit.

Main kit 

  • First Aid kit 
  • Shelter kit 
  • Fire kit 
  • Metal cooking container 
  • Water filter 
  • Food box 
  • Stove 
  • Alcohol
  • Pet items 
  • Toolkit 
  • Crank weather radio 
  • Backpack 
  • Map 
  • Gps or smartphone 
  • Coffee or teapot 
  • Zip ties 
  • Rope -550 
  • Games - kids - cards - books etc 
  • Backpack 
  • Trek poles 
  • Personal hygiene stuff 
  • Batteries 
  • Signal kit 
  • Duct tape 
  • Electrical tape 

Clothing box

  • Heavy jacket 
  • Snow pants 
  • Boots 
  • Socks - not cotton
  • Gloves x 2 
  • Layers of shirts 
  • Hat - Beanie 
  • Goggles 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Lip balm 
  • Blankets 


  • Kitty litter 
  • Shovel 
  • Ax 
  • Saw 
  • Bag of salt 
  • Fire tinder 
  • Gas can 
  • Water can 


  •   Don't leave your car unless you know exactly where you are going and have the gear to get there safely.
  •   Make sure your battery is good in your vehicle and your gas tank is full.
  •   Make sure you have enough food and water for at least 72 hours.

These simple tips will definitely save your life. For more information, email or call:
623-221-2525 National Academy of Outdoor Survival 
Email me and I'll send you upcoming survival classes . 

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