GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - An approaching storm forecast to dump heavy snow in the region has accelerated the seasonal closing of the highway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon by a few days.
The Arizona Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced the closure of State Route 67, a 43-mile paved route between U.S. 89A at Jacob Lake and the North Rim.
The National Weather Service forecasts 27-35 inches of snow will fall on the North Rim from Wednesday night through Saturday morning.
SR 67 normally closes Dec. 1 but it can close earlier when weather conditions warrant.
It reopens in the spring, usually around mid-May.