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ADOT: Snow Plows Launching, Stay On Main Roads

Forecasters are warning the rain we saw Thursday was the “calm before the real storm.” 

The National Weather Service said rain clouds Friday will morph into more than two feet of snow at elevations above 5,000 feet.

Meteorologists said we’re actually watching three storms pulse through the southwest through Sunday. The most powerful of the three expected tonight. 

Ryan Harding with the Arizona Department of Transportation said they’ve launched 200 plows and twice as many drivers to work around the clock.  

Harding said to give the plows room to work and avoid taking short cuts. Back roads and highways that are clear now, could change with tonight’s storm.
“Stay on the main roads, because that’s where our crews are plowing," Harding said. "So, if you get stuck, you’ll increase your chances of having an officer or one of the ADOT maintenance people come by and find you if you can’t call for help.”
If you’re traveling to higher elevations, traffic and weather reports will be updated on the ADOT website or by calling 5-1-1.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.