TUCSON – Visitors going to Coronado National Forest should be prepared for potentially dangerous situations due to winter weather conditions.
Here are some easy ways to prepare for going into the snowy country: Research forecast and weather conditions ahead of time to ensure that your vehicle is safe for the current road conditions. Always pack warm clothing and gear for your activities and make sure to let someone know of your plans. Across the forest, rainy weather has caused stream levels to rise which has left hikers in some areas stranded.
Coronado National Forest Safety Officer Leo Holley explained that “water flows downhill, and when rain falls and can’t sink into the ground, runoff into canyons and stream channels can cause water levels to rise and become impassable.”
It doesn’t need to be raining in a particular area for water levels to rise. Streams can quickly fill from runoff produced by storms happening miles away.
Hikers are advised to “Know Before You Go” and check weather forecasts before venturing out. The National Weather Service website for this area is https://www.weather.gov/twc/ , forecasts may be searched by location.
Editor’s note: This article was written by Jacob Strommer