New Years Eve is approaching, and with it, the inevitable parties, fireworks, countywide fire bans and DUI checkpoints.

After flight cancellations and overwhelming delays across the United States before, during and after Christmas last week, some may be worried about New Years travel plans.

Whether you’re planning to get out of state, celebrate in Arizona, or just stay home, check out the latest updates on traffic, accidents, weather, gas prices and airport conditions here. you might meet this holiday weekend.

Follow the Republic reporters’ holiday weekend coverage here.

Thursday 6:45 p.m .: Driving advice for the snowy and rainy bank holiday weekend

As winter storms sweep through Arizona this holiday weekend, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be more careful when encountering wet and icy conditions on the road.

If winter storm conditions worsen over the next few days, ADOT recommends that drivers monitor the forecast, plan their trip accordingly and avoid travel if possible, the department said in a blog post.

Snow plow crews will clear snow and ice from roads affected by winter storms.

Here is a list of safety tips from A POINT as you drive along the roads of Arizona:

  • Leave extra space between you and other vehicles: Giving you more space between vehicles on icy or wet roads may prevent accidents or prevent the vehicle from skidding on slippery surfaces.
  • Be prepared for weather conditions: If you are traveling to the high countries, you should be dressed for the cold, bring extra clothes and gloves, make sure your cell phone is charged, and take drinking water, food, and extra medicine.
  • Prepare an emergency kit: Take blankets, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a small shovel, and a container with sand or kitty litter for tire traction if your vehicle is stuck in freezing conditions.
  • Stay informed: Drivers should connect to the National Weather Service for up-to-date forecasts, ADOT traveler information website for more information on road conditions or advice, ADOT’s Twitter Where Facebook pages for information on road conditions.

– Amaris Encinas

Thursday at 10 a.m .: Below normal temperatures to stay in Phoenix through New Years Day

Rain showers and isolated storms are expected to sweep through southwestern Arizona Thursday evening through Friday.

According to the National Weather Service of Phoenix, a colder air mass this weekend early next week will result in patchy freezing temperatures at lower elevations.

“The rain and clouds will finally leave us over the weekend, but cooler weather will remain,” the National Weather Service in Phoenix said Thursday. on Twitter Thursday. “Afternoon temperatures will remain below normal until the start of the new year.”

The valley may experience localized highland flooding on Friday. Isolated thunderstorms with lightning, small hail and brief rains are also expected in the Phoenix area.

There is also a possibility of snow from Friday to Saturday on high ground above 5,000 feet.

8 a.m. Wednesday: forecast rain in the Phoenix subway and snow in Flagstaff on New Years Eve

If you’re planning on ringing in the New Year outside, you’ll want to wear a raincoat as the weather forecast says it will rain day and night in the Phoenix area.

You’ll see rain similar to what we saw on Christmas Eve, said meteorologist Gabriel Lojero of the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Lojero said he expects light to moderate rains throughout New Years Eve, ranging from a half inch to 1 inch.

There is a 90% chance of rain for Friday, according to the weather service.

With cloudy skies, temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 50s in the Phoenix subway, he said.

– Maritza Dominguez

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