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The National Weather Service has put a Flash Flood Watch into effect for much of Northern Arizona. 

Today, rain and snow in the higher elevations are projected for the Prescott area. Wind gusts will be as high as 37 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. By Wednesday morning, as much as 1-3" of snow are possible in the Prescott area.

Flood Watch National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ 311 AM MST Tue Feb 5 2019

Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County- Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons- Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson, Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction, Bagdad, and Sedona 311 AM MST Tue Feb 5 2019


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of east central Arizona and west central Arizona, including the following areas, in east central Arizona, Northern Gila County. In west central Arizona, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Yavapai County Mountains, and Yavapai County Valleys and Basins.

* Through Wednesday afternoon.

* Another wet winter weather system will bring moisture to northern Arizona today through Wednesday. While most of the precipitation will fall as snow over the higher elevations, additional rainfall over already saturated parts of Yavapai and northern Gila county could create localized flash flooding.


A Flash Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To Flash Flooding Within The Watch area. People...especially those located along area creeks...rivers or other flash flood prone areas...should continue to monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action should flash flood warnings be issued.


ADOT recommends the following precautions for driving in inclement weather:

Before You Travel

You and your vehicle must be prepared for driving in wintry conditions, including snow, ice and freezing temperatures.

  • Plan your travel route in advance.
  • Notify someone of your route, destination and projected arrival time.
  • Fill your fuel tank and try to keep it at three-quarters full. Running out of gas — especially in a remote location — is extremely dangerous during winter conditions.
  • Visit az511.gov or dial 511 for updated road and weather conditions. However, never use a cell phone or mobile device while driving.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, including tires (snow tires if necessary, or chains); antifreeze; windshield wiper blades; headlights, taillights, brakelights, turn signals; 
  • Drive for conditions, including slower speed and slower acceleration. Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles. 
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