Northern Arizona is prone to extreme winter conditions and is very popular amongst travelers during the winter months. Whether you are visiting Northern Arizona, or you are a resident, it is important to follow the National Weather Service’s alerts. The National Weather Service issues advisories, warning advisories and warnings for winter weather. Understanding the difference between the three is crucial for the winter season. 


Winter Storm Advisory

  • Wintery weather is expected; Exercise caution!
    • Light amounts of wintery precipitation or patchy blowing snow will cause slick conditions and could affect travel if precautions are not taken.

Winter Storm Watch 

  • Snow, sleet or ice is possible; Be prepared!
    • Confidence is medium that a winter storm could produce heavy snow, sleet or freezing rain and cause significant impacts.

Winter Storm Warning 

  • Snow, sleet or ice is expected; Take action!
    • Confidence is high that a winter storm will produce heavy snow, sleet or freezing rain and cause significant impacts.


Is your car packed for winter travel? 

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Blankets
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Non-perishable foods
  • First Aid Kit


Import reminders for winter travel: 

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • “Don’t crowd the plow” – Give snow plows plenty of room; they move slower, but they are there to ensure your safety on the roadway ahead.
  • Watch for black ice – Use extra caution when approaching bridges, intersections, off-ramps and shady areas.
  • Keep a minimum of 2/3 of gas in your tank to prevent freezing.
  • Don’t pull over on the freeway to play in the snow, this causes a severe hazard to you and other motorists. 
  • Notify someone of your planned travel route. 
  • Check road conditions and weather alerts
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