Winter Weather Update for 1/23/2020

KEY POINTS
● Winter Weather Advisory for portions of the Mogollon Rim and Yavapai county above 6000 feetthrough 5 PM MST Sunday.
● Wind Advisory for the north facing slopes of the White Mountains until 6 PM MST Saturday.
● Weekend storm primary impacts are mainly above 5000-6000 feet.
● Showers become sporadic today, increasing again tonight in the Winter Weather Advisory area.
● 6 to 12 inches above 6000 feet this weekend, with lesser amounts above 5000 feet by Sunday.
● Monday/Tuesday storm impacts will affect nearly all locations above 2000-3000 feet and will bring accumulating snow to a large portion of northern and central Arizona.
● 10 to 20 inches above 4500-5000 feet Monday and Tuesday, amounts of 10 inches or less down to elevations as low as 2500-3000 feet. Potential for heavy snow loads between 4000-5000 feet.

IMPACTS
● Difficult to impossible travel conditions at times, due to heavy snow.
● Spotty power outages due to heavy snow and gusty winds.
● Bitter cold Wednesday and Thursday morning may cause external pipe damage and frozen pipes.

Winter Storm Warning was downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory on Friday afternoon. Wind Advisory added for the north facing slopes of the White Mountains for Saturday.

***** LAW ENFORCEMENT INCIDENT *****

1/9/21  2:18 PM

The suspects have been found and are in custody.

1/9/21 12:00

This is a photo of the possible male suspect for the incident on US 60. If seen, DO NOT APPROACH! Call 911 immediately.
Suspect 1:
-White male- possibly Hispanic
-Shaved head
-5’11/ 155 lbs
-Brown eyes
-Heavily tattooed
Image may contain: 1 person, beard, phone, closeup and indoor

1/9/21 11:35 – Law enforcement officials have advised there are no new updates. Please stay alert and report any suspicious activity. Officials ask everyone to stay away from the area of Highway 60 MP 350 if at all possible.

1/9/2021 9:00

Law enforcement officials are searching for individuals (unknown description at this time) involved in a police incident. It is unclear if individuals are armed. Please do not pick up hitch hikers or answer doors to unknown individuals. Do not attempt to detain or apprehend anyone. If you have information pertinent to this matter call 911. Updates will be posted as more information is received.
*Do NOT call 911 for updates!!*

PILE BURN PROJECT TO BEGIN IN APACHE COUNTY

Vernon, AZ (12/11/2020) – The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management plans to begin a two-day pile burn project near the Vernon Cemetery, in Apache County, starting Monday.

The project consists of burning off 40 debris piles leftover from previous fuels mitigation work in the area. Pile burning is a more efficient way of reducing remaining fuels to protect communities in the area from wildfires. Ignitions are set to begin the morning of Monday, Dec. 14, and go through Tuesday, Dec. 15. Once ignitions are completed, engine crews will monitor piles through the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Smoke will be visible from U.S. 60 between Show Low and Springerville with possible smoke impacts to the community of Vernon.

All prescribed burns are weather dependent and must have prior approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Burn updates can be found on the agency’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at tdavila@dffm.az.gov

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