File photo of Main Street.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Scanner traffic Friday morning is flooded with reports of slick roadway conditions and vehicle/semi slide-offs after a storm moved in overnight. Reports indicate travel is treacherous east of town on Highway 260 and north on Highway 87.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is requiring chains or four-wheel drive on Highway 87 northbound from Payson to Clints Well. They are recommended southbound in that section. On Highway 260 from Camp Verde, chains or four-wheel drive are required eastbound 25 miles east of Camp Verde to Highway 87 up on the Rim.
"We got a lot of people sliding all over the road," said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff's Office on the scanner.
The National Weather Service has issued a storm advisory through midnight Saturday for elevations above 4,500 feet. They say "significant amounts of snow and strong winds" will limit visibility, making driving "extremely dangerous during this storm."
The Weather Service predicts snow accumulation at the higher elevations from 8 to 14 inches above 6,000 feet, five to eight inches from 5,500 feet and one to four inches between 4,500 and 5,550 feet.
The storm is expected to hang around through Saturday. By Sunday, the NOAA predicts drier, warmer weather.