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Winter Storm Updates

Thursday, December 30, 2010 -

Since 5pm yesterday, DPS Officers in the Flagstaff area that have jurisdiction over I-17 and I-40 primarily, have responded to 12 collisions only one of which involved injuries. In the same time period, DPS Officers have responded to 38 slide off's in which a vehicle slid off the road but sustained no damage.

An interesting note: During the first eleven hours of the storm yesterday when all highways in northern Arizona were open, DPS officers responded to 43 collisions, 8 of which involved one or more injuries. In the 20 hours after the first of the road closures, officers responded to only 12 collisions involving 1 injury.

Since the recent opening of I-17 at 10:30 local time this morning, officers have seen an increase in the numbers of calls for service, responding to several slide offs on the now OPEN southbound lanes of I-17. Traffic on I-17 southbound is very congested and will remain so for the balance of the day. The road is icy and snowpacked.

In regards to stranded motorists, DPS is working closely with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue to check the highways which have been closed overnight. Currently Search and Rescue Deputies are using snowcats to check those areas which are completely impassable. A main focus right now is US 180 from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. Much of that highway is covered by snowdrifts. (last updated: 12/30 1:45pm)

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