Friday’s morning forecast includes a snow and rain mix with a 40 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. As the front moves on, colder temperatures will be on hand Saturday with the high around 50 degrees and will dip to around 20 degrees that night. A slight warming trend will follow with highs in the mid 50s and lows in the mid 20s.
As the construction zone makes progress on the roadway 12 miles east of Overgaard, weather has continued to delay the work to be performed. Typical work hours have been 6 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
However, the progress has been stepped up lately in anticipation of snowfall and holiday traffic and work last week extended into Friday and Saturday.
There are narrowed traffic lanes and the speed limit has been reduced through the work zones. Flaggers and pilot cars are being used to guide vehicles through the work zones in alternating directions and drivers should anticipate delays of up to 30 minutes, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials report. ADOT has made it clear there will be no work being performed during the Thanksgiving weekend that will hinder traffic flow.
Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this year’s Winterfest which will be held at Tall Timbers Park in Overgaard this Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be a free hot dog roast, marshmallow roast, hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and bonfires. This will include Christmas carolers providing music for this event. Santa Claus will be in a fire truck and handing out gifts to the children.