Hundreds head to Snowbowl for fun in the snow

Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 20:35:08-05

Storms that left piles of snow in northern Arizona have cleared, and now residents are cleaning up and expecting visitors.

Authorities are bracing for a busy weekend with tourists from farther south in the state looking to play in the snow.

The trouble spot in Flagstaff is U.S. Highway 180, the main route to the Arizona Snowbowl. The highway can become clogged with traffic, resulting in hours-long waits.

Several areas off the highway are designated for snow play but have limited parking spaces. That often leads to cars lining up alongside the road.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says troopers will patrol the area, cite drivers who park illegally and have vehicles removed if they obstruct the roadway.

Officials also are asking visitors to pick up their trash, including broken sleds.