After a beautiful summer and fall 2014, it is finally feeling like winter in Pine-Strawberry. As a matter of fact, we’re anticipating possible snow this week and a more definite forecast for snow mid-to-late next week (the week of Dec. 14.) It will be great to have some good snowfalls this year, because last year was sorely lacking. We really missed the abundant snow that we had experienced in previous years. Not only do most of us love to drink in the beauty of snow blanketing our Ponderosa pine forest, but we appreciate the fact that it is so beneficial to the health of our forest.
We’re pleased to report Pine is all decked out for Christmas, with lights and decorations at many of the businesses. At our office at Sunny Mountain Realty, we are very serious about celebrating the Christmas Season, which is evident by our elaborate outdoor display each December. It brings joy to our hearts to see pedestrians stop by and walk around our front yard to enjoy our decorations, and cars slow down so occupants can check them out. If you are planning to come up to the Pine-Strawberry area or drive through during the holidays, please slow down and take a look, or stop by for a visit. There are usually plenty of treats in our office this time of year!
We want to remind everyone to watch the weather reports before heading up to Rim Country at this time of year, and take precautions for driving in snow and ice conditions. When a Winter Storm Warning is issued, that means severe winter weather conditions are expected or are occurring, and driving conditions will likely be extremely dangerous. In such a case, it is recommended that you postpone your trip. However, if traveling is unavoidable, make sure you have snow chains or cables for your vehicle, take along emergency supplies (e.g., winter clothing, blankets, food for humans and pets, water, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a snow scraper for your windshield.) Make sure to make family and/or friends aware of your travel plans, including the planned route, destination and arrival time, as well as the description of the vehicle you’ll be driving. For The latest road conditions and closures, call the ADOT Freeway management system at (888) 411-7623 or visit their Web site at www.az511.com. Additional weather information is on the web at www.weather.gov/flagstaff. For trips on driving in snow and ice conditions, visit the AAA Website at http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/.
All of us at Sunny Mountain Realty in Pine-Strawberry and Happy Jack wish you all a happy, healthy and abundant holiday season and New Year!