The latest storm to hit all of Arizona has come and gone, for the most part.
The storm left much of the state overnight into Wednesday, leaving the skies open in Phoenix. In the high country, severe winter weather is still hitting the area with several road closures in place.
Cold weather is still in store for Phoenix.
"Breezy conditions with patchy areas of blowing dust will diminish by early evening. A system will bring cold morning conditions Thursday and Friday over SW AZ. Another weaker system brings a modest chance of precipitation by early next week," the National Weather Service says.
We may see some freezing temps in the Valley as well.
"Widespread freezing temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday mornings. Remember to prepare for the cold by checking on the "4 P's" because People, Pets, Plants, and Pipes are the most vulnerable to freeze events," NWS said.
Road closures due to weather, according to ADOT:
- State Route 273 between mileposts 377-382 near Show Low;
- Interstate 40 eastbound at milepost 204, just east of Flagstaff;
- US 180 between mileposts 236-248, near Flagstaff
- State Route 64 between mileposts 264-240, near the Grand Canyon
Lakeside, AZ (Deanna Krucko)
Staying safe on the road
The Arizona Department of Transportation gave a list of how to keep safe while on the road.
- Slow down and leave extra room: Adjust your speed to conditions. Slowing down and leaving space between your vehicle and vehicles ahead of you on icy or wet roads can prevent crashes or keep your vehicle from skidding when conditions are slippery.
- Leave prepared: Dress for cold weather if traveling into the high country. Bring extra clothes and gloves as part of an emergency prep kit in case you need to stop along a highway. Be sure your cellphone is charged and pack extra drinking water, food and prescription medications (in case you encounter delays).
- Other items for an emergency kit: Blankets, flashlight, ice scraper, small shovel, container with sand or kitty litter for tire traction if your vehicle is stuck in icy conditions. ADOT has a complete list of items at azdot.gov/KnowSnow (look for "Must haves for every vehicle").
- Stay up to date: In addition to following National Weather Service forecasts, drivers can visit ADOT’s Traveler Information site at az511.gov or call 511 for highway conditions.