No planned freeway closures this weekend but watch for snow up north, rain in Valley

Dec 30, 2021, 4:25 AM

(ADOT photo)...

(ADOT photo)

(ADOT photo)

PHOENIX — There are no planned freeway closures across the state during New Year’s weekend, but drivers should be prepared for winter weather in the high country and rain in the Valley to potentially cause problems on the roadways.

The National Weather Service is predicting snow showers likely in Flagstaff beginning during the day on Thursday and lasting through Friday night, and rain in the Valley during that same time period.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to avoid traveling during any severe winter storm conditions and stay up to date on forecasts to plan travel accordingly.

It is recommended drivers during winter and wet weather slow down and leave extra room between themselves and the vehicle ahead, dress for cold weather and bring extra clothes and gloves as part of an emergency prep kit.

Other items such as blankets, flashlights, an ice scraper, a small shovel and a container with sand or kitty litter for traction if a vehicle is stuck in icy conditions are also helpful to have in the car.

Storms are expected to give way to sunny weather on Saturday in both Flagstaff and in the Valley.

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No planned freeway closures this weekend but watch for snow up north, rain in Valley