Winter weather warnings for Grand Canyon National Park

Several large winter storms are predicted for northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon area. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

Several large winter storms are predicted for northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon area. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Significant snowfall is expected across Northern Arizona. The National Weather Service is predicting several large winter storms across Northern Arizona, including Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). The National Weather Service Flagstaff has issued a Winter Storm Warning through Jan. 6 and a Winter Storm Watch through Jan 8.

GCNP is alerting visitors and residents to winter driving conditions. With the upcoming storms drivers can anticipate hazardous road conditions and possible road closures restricting access to the park and Highway 64 to Desert View. During a winter storm, shuttle bus service may be temporarily suspended until road conditions improve.

Park rangers are encouraging all visitors to plan accordingly and be prepared for winter driving conditions.

"Visitor safety is our number one priority. We want to ensure that all of our visitors arrive at Grand Canyon safe," said Shannon Miller GCNP law enforcement ranger. "If you can reschedule your visit to Grand Canyon to a later date with more optimal weather we would hope you consider doing so."

Visitors and residents are encouraged to visit the National Weather Service Flagstaff website www.wrh.noaa.gov. for up-to-date weather forecasts and snow fall predictions. More information about GCNP road closures and conditions can be obtained by calling 928-638-7496 or visiting www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm.

As of Jan. 6, South Rim roads are currently open but are snow-packed and icy from this morning's snow. The park is warning drivers to use extra caution. Park roads can close with little notice, particularly in the evenings, as refreezing snow melt creates black ice. Expect wet weather this week with winter driving conditions and snow accumulating above 6,000 feet.

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