With a winter storm moving through the Rim Country, motorists are urged to drive cautiously and if possible, stay home.
Currently in northern Arizona, DPS officers are investigating more than 20 collisions and assisting with more than 50 slide-offs, where motorists have lost control of their vehicles due to traveling too fast on slippery road surfaces. Vehicles involved are a combination of commercial and passenger. It is unknown how many are injured.
On Highway 87, 18 miles north of Payson near Clint’s Well, snow and ice is reported on the roadway and there is an overturned vehicle near milepost 281, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
On Highway 260, near Heber, a winter storm alert is in effect until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Elsewhere in the state, the storm is dropping snow on Interstate 40 near Williams and stirring up dust near Casa Grande.
One injury accident is affecting both lanes of travel along Interstate 40 with the interstate closed near Williams.
On Interstate 10, a dust storm caused a multi car pileup earlier today near Casa Grande. Three people are confirmed dead from that crash and another five are seriously injured.
DPS says Interstate 10, near milepost 67 is still experiencing high winds, dust and other storm related activity.
“This area is 30 to 50 miles west of Phoenix or 60 miles east of California,” said Harold A. Sanders, spokesman with DPS. “We are requesting motorists to slow down drastically and be alert to the poor visibility with this storm moving in from the west.”
As of 2:15 p.m., westbound Interstate 10 was reopened between mileposts 213 and 215. Eastbound travel lanes remain closed.