Highways Reopen After Heavy Snow Covers Rim Country

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Posted Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2006.

With unofficial reports of more than 20 inches of snow on the ground, law enforcement officials are urging Rim Country resident to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.

As of this news post, both major highways in and out of Payson have been reopened. Highways 87 and 260 were closed Saturday evening and much of the morning Sunday as crews worked to clear snow and other obstructions off the highways. Motorists are cautioned to watch for ice on the roadways, especially as they cross bridges.

Many residential roads remain impassable, but town snowplows have been working throughout the weekend.

The Red Cross established an emergency shelter for stranded travelers at the old Payson High School gym on Longhorn Road Saturday evening. A large group of travelers and stranded campers took advantage of the shelter as local hotels were filled to capacity.

When the highways opened around 10:30 a.m., shelter residents shouted with joy and were able to get back on the road.

Most Sunday church services were canceled Sunday.

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Mail carriers continued to deliver to Payson area residents Saturday as more than 20 inches of snow accumulated on the roads.

There are reports that power is out in Young, Ariz.

Pick up a printed copy of the Tuesday Payson Roundup for complete coverage and photos.

For updated road conditions and traveler information call:
Cell phones statewide: 511;
Toll free: 1 (888) 411 ROAD / 1 (888) 411 7623

You can monitor highway closures on the Arizona Department of Highways website. See ADOT road closures map
(Note: This map site takes a few moments to load.)

You'll find additional links at:
www.highwaycondidtions.com/az

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