Navajo Dept. of Health’s Joint Information Center Warns of Hazardous Driving Conditions Warning

NOAA Weather map – Monday, February 27, 2017, 4:11 p.m. – EST


Motorists should be prepared to wait out bad weather

Published February 27, 2017

WINDOW ROCK — Travelers can expect hazardous driving conditions in northern Arizona and New Mexico from Monday night into Tuesday, according to the Navajo Department of Health’s Joint Information Center.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow above 6,000 feet along north of Interstate 40 with total accumulation of 4 to 8 inches in high plateau and mountainous regions on the Navajo Nation. Expect rain with wet, icy conditions and muddy conditions 5,500 feet. Elevation above 7,500 feet is expected to receive up to 16 inches of snow.

Driving conditions can deteriorate quickly during winter storms, causing crashes that lead to long waits for emergency assistance and highway closures. Travelers should be ready to postpone trips until the weather improves.

Here are some inter-driving tips:

  • Slow down: Adjust speed to conditions.
  • Create space: Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid sudden braking.
  • Give snowplows room: Slow down and stay at least four vehicle lengths behind a plow. Wait for a plow to pull over before passing.
  • Leave prepared: Bring extra clothing and gloves, make sure the gas tank is half to three-quarters full at all times, keep cellphones charged and pack extra drinking water, snacks and all necessary medications.
  • Pack an emergency kit: It should include blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a container of sand or cat litter for traction and warning lights or reflectors.
  • Beware of black ice: Melting snow can turn into ice, especially at night. Ice tends to form on bridges first and can be difficult to see.
  • Tell your family or neighbors where are going and when you will be returning.
  • If you leave children at ome, have a reliable sitter with a phone for emergency contact.



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