It started out as beautiful weekend Saturday with sun and warming temperatures making it the perfect day for cruise up to the Rim. However, the mood quickly changed to dank and rainy by Saturday evening when a slow moving storm from the pacific moved in. By Sunday afternoon, it was snowing in Payson and by Monday morning, at least 3 inches of snow had fallen in town and at least 4.5 inches in Pine.
Although rain melted off a lot of the snow, making high county roads passable by Monday morning, officers were still dealing with a number of slid offs.
So far, none of the slid offs have involved injuries.
Monday morning, the Department of Public Safety responded to a silver SUV that had slid off Highway 87 at milepost 269, roughly 19 miles north of Payson, said Robert Lee Bailey, media relations officer with DPS.
Sunday night, another slid off occurred on Highway 260 east of Christopher Creek, three vehicles were found abounded at the intersection of Highways 87 and 260 north of Pine due to snow and there were another two slide offs on Highway 260 between mileposts 276 and 277.
With so many drivers losing control on the slippery roads Sunday night, the highways were closed unless you had four wheel drive or chains.
By Monday morning, the restrictions were lifted.
For the rest of the story, see Tuesday's Roundup.