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Tucson snow closes "A" Mountain road to motorized vehicles

Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 21:01:32-05

TUSON, Ariz. — Wet and slippery roads closed "A" Mountain today.

The city of Tucson said it received several reports of cars sliding and pedestrians loosing their footing on the mountain. And the last time the city can remember closing down "A" Mountain for snow was back in 2011.

Therefore due to the mountain's steep slope, the park closed its paved trail off to motorized vehicles. But that did not stop hundreds of people from visiting the mountain and even walking up it.

The Alavrez family was one of many to get a taste of the snow.

"Very nice, very pretty. Yeah, we woke up very early to see the beautiful snow that happened today in Tucson, which is rare," said Ruben Alavrez.

The kids in the family, being in the Old Pueblo for as long as they can remember, were thrilled to experience this desert snow.

"We've lived here our whole lives. I've only seen this once, but not this much. It was like a little bit for a little bit of time," said Alvarez.

Tucson's Parks and Rec will monitor weather conditions. Once the weather improves, and when public safety is not jeopardized, the city will notify the public via social media of the mountain reopening for motorized vehicles.