What You Should Know About Snow

Snow in Pinetop-Lakeside

The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside is well known for its majestic beauty, distinctive seasons, and a small-town atmosphere. At an elevation of 6800 feet, residents and visitors alike can enjoy winter recreation that includes both cross-country and downhill skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing. However, with the snow season comes the need to take necessary precautions.

Our average yearly snowfall is only around 38 inches, but some winters are more severe than others. To keep the streets clear and safe for our residents and visitors, we must be prepared for the worst possible conditions. When snow accumulates to two inches or more, the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department’s “snow shift” is deployed. These crews will remain on two, 12-hour shifts for 24-hour coverage until the storm is over and all clean up is accomplished.

Safety Tips

To keep yourself and your family safe during winter driving, the National Safety Council recommends the following:

  • Check the weather forecast before you go.
  • Don’t travel during a storm unless you absolutely need to.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going, and when you’ll be back.
  • If you get stranded, don’t leave your vehicle; light flares around it (if you have them) and turn on your hazard lights.
  • Prepare your car for winter; if you’ve been putting off that visit to the mechanic, now’s the time!
  • Try to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times.
  • Learn how to avoid crashes: slow down, and leave an 8- to 10-second distance between your vehicle and the one in front.
  • Be prepared! Especially if you’re going on a long trip, make sure that you have essentials like blankets, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, and non-clumping kitty litter (for better tire traction).