Winter Storm Updates
Thursday, December 30, 2010 -
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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