Winter weather has closed multiple highways in Arizona’s high country, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Southbound Interstate 17 has reopened. Northbound Interstate 17, Interstate 40 and State Route 87 are closed with no estimated time to reopen. 

Extreme winter conditions have resulted in very difficult driving conditions. Motorists are urged to postpone travel in the high country until the storm has passed. Those who decide to travel in the storm should be prepared for an extended time on the road and use chains or 4-wheel drive. Remember to slow down, leave extra room behind the vehicle ahead of you, and pack an emergency kit containing a fully charged cell phone, warm clothing, blankets, food and water, medications and sand or kitty litter in case you get stuck in the snow.

Plan for extremely long backups on sections of I-40 between Kingman and Flagstaff due to the weather. The following highways are closed due to extreme winter conditions:

  • Interstate 40 is closed eastbound from Ash Fork to Williams between mileposts 145-160.
  • Interstate 40 westbound is closed at milepost 87, roughly 15 miles before US 93
  • State Route 89 is closed in both directions From Chino Valley to I-40 (mileposts 328-363)
  • State Route 80 is closed in both directions in Bisbee between mileposts 340 and 342
  • Interstate 17 northbound is closed between SR 179 and Lake Mary Road (mileposts 299-340)
  • US 191 from mileposts 225 to 254 (just south of Alpine)
  • State Route 87 between the Bush Highway and Winslow (mileposts 236-342)
  • State Route 260 between Star Valley and Heber, and from east of Camp Verde to SR 87
  • US 60 in both directions from Globe to Show Low
  • State Route 89A between Sedona and Interstate 17; and from Jerome to Clarkdale
  • State Route 89 from north of Peeples Valley to just south of Prescott
  • State Route 288 westbound between SR 188 and Young

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.

Apologies for lengthy response times: 

We are currently experiencing very high call volume. We are assisting more than 13,000 customers a day through phone and email, but that is not enough to prevent longer-than-acceptable response times. We ask for your patience and be assured that we continue to work toward solutions and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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