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January 15, 2023 5:45 PM

Lake Mary Road Closed at Mormon Lake

Seven-mile stretch of Lake Mary Road (FH-3) to close at 4:30 p.m. today (Sunday, January 15) due to snowstorms
Traffic will Detour along West Side Mormon Lake Road

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — At 4:30 p.m. today, the Coconino County Public Works Department will close a seven-mile stretch of Lake Mary Road, also known as Forest Highway-3 (FH-3), due to high winds and drifting snow from large snowstorms that are impacting the region. During this closure traffic will detour along the West Side Mormon Lake Road, which loops Mormon Lake and goes through Mormon Lake Village.
The closure will be in effect at the north entrance of Mormon Lake (near the scenic overlook) to the south entrance of Mormon Lake, which is about 35 miles southeast of Flagstaff. This section of Lake Mary Road will remain closed until weather conditions allow for the County to safely reopen the roadway.

The closure is due to high winds and drifting heavy snow caused by wind. When drifting occurs, visibility becomes limited and there is an increased difficulty for our snowplow operators to keep the road clear of snow. In an effort to ensure the safety of drivers, they will be detoured along the alternate route through Mormon Lake Village.

A Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22. Heavy snow with total accumulations forecast to be between 8 and 18 more inches of snow around 5,500 feet with locally higher amounts approaching three feet of snow in some areas of the County with winds gusting as high as 40 mph. County Public Works crews will remain deployed to keep County roadways open and passable.

Snowfall during this storm is expected to be heavy and periods of blowing and drifting snow may lead to whiteout conditions with near zero visibility. Heavy snowfall will create very dangerous travel conditions at times during this storm.

For questions about snow removal operations and related road conditions, please contact the following:

• Coconino County: For County maintained roads, please call Public Works at 928-679- 8300 during normal business hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

• Follow Coconino County on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CoconinoCounty and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CoconinoCounty for updates on road and weather conditions as they become available.

• City of Flagstaff Public Works: Please call 928-213-2100 during normal business hours.

• Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT): For highway road conditions, please call 5-1-1 or visit ADOT’s online Traffic Operations Center at www.az511.gov.

• National Weather Service (NWS): For weather information about winter storms, please visit the NWS web page at www.weather.gov/flagstaff.

• Emergencies: To report snow-related road emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

As a reminder, the County’s winter parking ordinance Winter Parking Ordinance 2022-06, always prohibits parking along County maintained rights-of-way between November 1 and April 1 and allows for the civil enforcement of parking restrictions either by citation (not less than $200 fine) or towing.


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