Snow is expected to hit Flagstaff and several other places in Arizona this week, according to the National Weather Service. "Travel could be very difficult at times. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility Tuesday night into early Wednesday, impacting the evening and morning commutes."
As you can see from the graphics below, snow is forecast in several regions of Arizona this week:
Since the National Weather Service says travel could be difficult in Arizona due to snow, practice caution while driving in hazardous conditions. You should keep your vehicles gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines, per the CDC. It's also a good idea to drive slowly during winter weather as it takes longer to brake during snowy or icy weather.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, you should keep the following items in your car during adverse weather conditions:
- Charged cell phone
- Bottled drinking water
- Winter jackets
- A warm blanket
- Gloves, scarves, caps and extra socks
- Necessary prescribed medication(s) and pain relievers
- A first-aid kit
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- An ice scraper
- A small bag of sand (or kitty litter) for wheel traction
- A small folding shovel for snow removal
- A travel tool kit and battery cables
- Safety flares
- Plastic bags or containers for sanitation
- Healthy snacks
- A road map
Before you leave home, check your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals work well so your car can be seen in low visibility. Also, inform a friend or family member of your route and expected arrival time. So, if you don't arrive at your destination, they can contact emergency services. If your car becomes inoperable, lift the front hood and turn on the flashing hazard lights to alert other vehicles and emergency personnel that it's disabled, per the Arizona Department of Transportation.
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