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Snow blankets parts of Oracle

Posted at 10:32 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-29 00:35:19-05

TUCSON, Ariz.-- Snow continues blanketing parts of Oracle, something residents say is exciting but can also be dangerous.

As you are driving around, you will see snow covering the top of the mountains, the sides of the roads, and falling on the trees.

While that’s a beautiful sight, it’s especially important for drivers to be extra cautious in that area.

Shyanne Whitten was raised in Oracle. She told KGUN9 she looks forward to seeing this winter wonderland year after year.

“We haven’t been getting as much snow as we used to when we were younger, so it’s really exciting to see snow in general,” Whitten said.

For the last 20 years, she has played in the snow, thinking about new ways to enjoy it..

“I really like the white and the fact that you can do several different things with it like snow cones, snowboarding, skiing,” Whitten told KGUN9.

However, she admits having, snow isn’t always as cool as it seems.

“Because they’ll close the roads to San Manuel or Mammoth and sometimes Tucson, depending on how it is, so that’s kind of iffy, but other than that, I like the snow,” she added.

So, while some people love to play in the snow, Whitten says this weather also makes for dangerous conditions on the road that can lead to many accidents.

“Every time it snows, there’s at least one or two or three immediately in the morning from sliding off the road and crashing--hitting something. There’s a lot of people who tend to get stuck,” she said.

Though Whitten says that usually happens when people try to go on the backroads; roads she says are hardly snow plowed and should be avoided.

“But the main roads, definitely because the snowplows do go through every hour,” she added.

So if you’re thinking of coming to this winter wonderland, Whitten says you should keep this in mind.

“I would advise people to plan ahead just because every time we get snow, there are so many families that come down and everything,”

Also remember, it is going to be cold, so dress accordingly.