“Some areas may not even have a significant break or clearing between storms, especially areas with higher terrain like the White Mountains. It may seem like a continuous storm with the snow decreasing from Sunday evening to Monday morning, ”Stubblefield said.
As of Friday afternoon, the Flagstaff snow season, which began July 1, has seen 12.8 inches to date, which is roughly 32 inches behind the average snowfall, Stubblefield said. This week's storm earlier this week brought 5.5 inches to the Flagstaff airport.
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Travel this weekend is not recommended. However, if this is unavoidable, Stubblefield recommends that individuals check www.az511.gov for updates and ensure they have adequate supplies, including a full tank of fuel and additional food and water.
“In the past, motorways were closed for up to 10 hours. We therefore recommend that people have enough supplies to stay warm. The chances of this happening are slim, but better to be prepared than not to have this stuff, ”he said, reminding people that parking along the highway to play in the snow is illegal and snow plows with special needs.
According to a press release, the city's public works department will deploy all available equipment and operators during the upcoming snow events. Snow operations will continue 24 hours a day during the winter event. The primary treatment routes are the main arteries, the large hills, the city center, and the school and transit routes. All other roads are considered second priority areas.