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Mt. Lemmon highway opens to vehicles with 4-wheel drive or chains

Road to Mt. Lemmon reopens following winter storm
Posted at 9:07 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 17:33:29-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — After a week of record snowfall, the Catalina Highway has reopened in Pima County Friday, just in time for the first skiing of the season.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department announced Friday morning that the road to Mt. Lemmon has reopened, but only to vehicles with four-wheel drive or chains. PCSD also clarifies that vehicles with all-wheel drive will be required to have chains to be allowed up the mountain.

The sheriff's department also said they'll be monitoring the number of cars on the roadway, to make sure the mountain doesn't get overcrowded.

Mt. Lemmon's Ski Valley announced Friday that it's also opening for the first time this season. The winter storms this week blanketed the mountain in more than 18 inches of snow -- plenty of snowpack for skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes on the mountain.

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For the latest updates on road conditions on the highway or around Pima County, call 520-547-7510.