The Weather Outside Is Delightful...

Rim Country Museum across the lake at Green Valley Park.

Rim Country Museum across the lake at Green Valley Park. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Zane Grey Cabin- Green Valley Park

A flurry of snow Wednesday morning has closed schools and made highway travel treacherous.

There are multiple reports of slide offs on Highway 87 and surface streets around town, according to scanner traffic.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is requiring chains or four-wheel drive for all travel between Payson, near the Houston Mesa Road turnoff, and Clints Well to at least 2 p.m.

On the school front, the Payson Unified School District and Gila Community College canceled classes Wednesday due to the weather.

ADOT says it has more than 150 snowplows in its Flagstaff, Prescott, Globe and Holbrook districts, and maintenance crews have worked this week to make sure the heavy equipment is ready to head out onto highways throughout the central and northern Arizona region throughout the storm.

Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling in the high country and if possible, avoid travel and wait until conditions improve.

Winter travel driving tips include:

Carry extra winter clothing, including gloves

Drive according to conditions. Slow down and accelerate slowly

• Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you

• Give snowplows plenty of room – at least a few car lengths

• Carry a fully-charged cell phone and full tank of gas.

Visit www.az511.gov or dial 5-1-1 to check on highway conditions before travel.

Check out the photo-gallery of today's snow pictures. Go to the top of the page, select Photos/Videos and scroll down to Galleries.

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