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Mon, March 30

Snowy, windy weather expected through tomorrow morning

FLAGSTAFF - Due to the possibility of snow and winds over the next few days, Coconino County officials encourage all citizens to prepare for possible adverse driving conditions. The National Weather Service is predicting less than one inch of snow combined with wind gusts up to 28 mph, expected in the greater Flagstaff area tonight through Thursday morning.

Weather conditions will impact travel. Expected winds with gusts of up to 28 mph could combine with snowfall to produce blowing and drifting snow and limited visibility. Roads may also become ice-packed when temperatures fall.

As a reminder, Coconino County Ordinance 86-6 prohibits parking on County roadways between Nov. 1 and April 1 on a 24-hour basis. All motor vehicles should be kept clear of the streets to expedite snow removal operations and prevent damage to county snowplows or private vehicles. When a County snowplow encounters a vehicle parked illegally within the right of way, the Sheriff's Department is contacted. An attempt to notify the owner will be made; however, the vehicle may be towed if the owner cannot be contacted.

Coconino County reminds everyone to prepare for snow-ins and power outages in these storms. Have extra bottled water and non-perishable food on hand as well as flashlights, battery-powered radios and extra batteries in your home. Authorities recommend winterizing your vehicle with snow tires, chains, blankets, water, a first aid kit, ice scraper, extra clothes, as well as keep the gas tank at least half full.

More information on winter preparedness can be found at www.coconino.az.gov/emergencysvcs.aspx?id=598.

For 24-hour emergency related information, call the Sheriff's Office at (928) 774-4523; toll-free (800) 338-7888. For more information on County road conditions, call the Public Works Snow Dispatch at (928) 526-2735.

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