PCSD: Be prepared for ‘worst case scenario’ if driving up to see the snow on Mt. Lemmon

PCSD: Be prepared for ‘worst case scenario’ if driving up to see the snow on Mt. Lemmon
View from above Summerhaven.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Thinking of a trip to Mt. Lemmon?

The Arizona Department of Transportation does not have road conditions for that, as it’s a Pima County highway. Here’s the hotline for Mt. Lemmon road conditions: (520) 547-7510.

Snow is something that doesn’t occur that often in southern Arizona and when it does come everyone is excited to see it and play in it, and that can lead to problems.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to be prepared if they plan to see or play in the 'cold stuff', as they don't want a repeat of what happened the last time southern Arizona experienced a winter storm, just a month ago.

People ventured up to Mt. Lemmon to see the snow and more than a dozen were stranded; many required rescuing from their vehicles and ended up spending the night in the community center, leaving their vehicles on the highway.

While the PCSD is not saying stay off the mountain, they are just reminding motorists that once the mountain road is open, to be prepared with the following items if driving up (being prepared for a worst case scenario):

  • extra food 
  • water  
  • warm clothing 

PCSD is reminding everyone to please keep safety in mind when dealing with winter weather.

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