Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff reopens


by Jennifer Thomas

Raw video from Calvin Johnson in Leupp, Ariz.

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:40 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Interstate 40 between Twin Arrows and Winslow has reopened after high winds closed it this morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Blowing dust caused low visibility along the 33-mile stretch of highway (mileposts 219-252) through much of the day.

The interstate was closed in both directions for nearly 11 hours.

Authorities say gusts of up to 60 mph were recorded Tuesday in the Winslow area and sustained winds were in the 20 mph range most of the day.

The closure of I-40 was from Seligman in northwestern Arizona eastward to the Arizona-New Mexico line.

It resulted in a 12-mile backup before traffic could be diverted.

Wind and dust have been reported in Kayenta, Ariz., over the past few days. A Williams resident said the wind blew down a wall at his home overnight. (See photos in the gallery above.)

Read tips on driving safely during periods of blowing dust.

For the latest highway conditions across Arizona, visit ADOT's Travel Information site at or call 5-1-1.

The Associated Press contributed to this story