Another winter storm moving across Arizona is causing icy and snowy conditions for travelers. The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed northbound I-17 at SR 179 due to the weather and slide-offs in the area. ADOT plows are working to clear the area.
ADOT recommends that drivers postpone their travels into this area until the storm passes and ADOT plows clear the highway.
If you must travel, drivers are urged to slow down when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Many crashes, including slide-offs, involve drivers who were traveling too fast for the icy conditions. Build extra travel time into your trips.
Drivers should also give themselves extra distance behind the vehicle in front of them. Do not follow snowplows closely and do not attempt to pass them, since they can give off a spray of snow and ice, or drivers could get caught up in the plows. Stay back from snowplows at least 500 feet.
For the latest travel conditions around the state, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.az511.gov.