TRAVEL ALERTS: Winter storm causing crashes, closures on Arizona roads

Posted at 8:13 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 09:23:00-05

PHOENIX — As winter storm warnings blanket northern Arizona, we're beginning to see major traffic impacts and road closures starting to go into effect.

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The National Weather Service and state transportation officials on Wednesday urged drivers to delay travel during the storm, which is expected to continue through Friday afternoon.

Forecasters have called for up to 2 feet of snow in Flagstaff, Prescott, Alpine, the Grand Canyon's North Rim and Show Low, and up to 2.5 feet in Payson. Bisbee and Oracle in southeastern Arizona could see around a foot of snow.

The central Arizona deserts are expected to get significant rain, accompanied by temperatures far colder than normal. Phoenix's normal high around this time of the year is 72 degrees but will drop to nearly 50 degrees.

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