Arizona Thanksgiving travel updates: Crash stops traffic on I-10 eastbound in Goodyear

If the roads or airports seem more crowded than normal, that might be because 53.4 million people were expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.

Since 6.4 million more people will be traveling this year, travelers should be extra prepared for what might come their way. Here is a running list of traffic, weather, gas prices and airport conditions you might encounter this holiday weekend.

Check back with through the weekend for updates.

7:30 p.m. Sunday: Crash stops traffic on I-10 eastbound in Goodyear

A crash involving up to seven vehicle including an RV stopped traffic on eastbound Interstate 10 into Phoenix near Sarival Road around 7:25 p.m. Sunday.

"There are reports of some citizens trapped in their vehicles," an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson said. The Department later said up to five people were taken to hospitals.

All traffic was stopped as of 8 p.m. Two lanes reopened as of 8:15 p.m.

— Kaila White

3 p.m. Sunday: Crash on South Mountain Northbound stops traffic

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that a rollover crash has temporarily stopped traffic on Loop 202 South Mountain northbound near Van Buren Street.

The crash blocked the left lanes and drivers can expect delays.

No further details were available.

— Julie Luchetta

9:45 a.m. Sunday: Thanksgiving weekend brings winter weather to Phoenix

Temperatures at Sky Harbor dropped to 49 degrees on Sunday morning. The temperature marked the coldest low since March 27, according to a National Weather Service tweet.

The high for Sunday should reach around 80 degrees at Sky Harbor in the afternoon, according to NWS data. The high will hover around 80 degrees all week, peaking on Monday with a temperature of 81 degrees.

Steven Hernandez

8:20 p.m. Saturday: Crashes force closures on SR 66 and I-10

Two crashes in the east and westbound lanes of State Route 66 caused the highway to close in both directions between Seligman and Hackberry, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The eastbound crash occurred near North Old Trails Highway, at milepost 82. The westbound collision is located near North Airport Way, at milepost 123. Both incidents occurred about 6 p.m., according to a Saturday evening update on the AZ 511 website.

The department advised drivers to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes in adjacent highways like Interstate 40.

There is no estimated time for the lanes to reopen, the department said.

Two other crashes occurred on Interstate 10 near Tempe and Casa Blanca.

An injury accident occurred at about 7:45 p.m. at Broadway Road. The incident is blocking the right westbound lanes of Interstate 10.

A second crash is blocking the left eastbound lane on Interstate 10 near State Route 187, at milepost 178. The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m.

The department asked drivers to check their route before heading out on the AZ511 app.

Laura Daniella Sepúlveda

4:50 p.m. Saturday: Crash blocks right lane on I-10

A crash on Interstate 10 is blocking the right eastbound lane near Miller Road, east of Wintersburg, according to a Saturday afternoon update by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. near milepost 114, according to the update. Heavy traffic currently starts at milepost 111 and extends near milepost 115.

Laura Daniella Sepulveda

9 a.m. Saturday: Expect sunny and clear skies for the weekend

Temperatures in the Phoenix area dropped to 51 degrees on Friday night and are expected to drop to 49 degrees on Saturday night.

The weekend will see a slight rise in temperatures, with a predicted high of 76 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

The skies are expected to be clear and sunny until at least Monday evening, with some calm winds.

Friday's temperature reached 77 degrees, a 5 degree increase from what is expected at this date, the weather service said on Twitter.

Julie Luchetta

7:10 p.m. Friday: Crash on Loop 101 forces lane closures

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported a crash in the northbound lanes on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway at the Indian School Road exit. The exit ramp is currently closed.

No further details were available.

There was no estimated time for lanes to be reopened.

The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends travelers check for traffic updates on the website; by calling 511; or keeping track on Twitter @ArizonaDOT.

Julie Luchetta

7:15 a.m. Friday: Chilly morning temperatures expected on Black Friday

Holiday shoppers waiting outside for doorbuster deals may want to bundle up on Friday morning, as the National Weather Service said it expects temperatures in the 50s with possible breezes between 10 and 15 mph.

Temperatures in the Phoenix area are expected to hover between 52 and 58 degrees early morning, the weather service said on Thursday evening.

However, temperatures will pick up across the lower deserts during the day, with a high of 78 degrees expected in Phoenix, and highs of up to 80 degrees in other areas.

Yuma is expected to be at 58 degrees on Friday morning, and Casa Grande at 52. Both cities could see wind gusts of up to 20 mph, the weather service said.

Temperatures will be even chillier in other parts of the state.

The anticipated temperature in Globe on Friday morning is 44 degrees, with wind gusts between 15 and 22 mph possible. Parker could see temperatures around 45 degrees with wind gusts between 7 and 12 mph.

— BrieAnna J. Frank

6:45 p.m. Thursday: No state highway construction closures planned for holiday weekend

There are no planned construction closures along state highways throughout the holiday weekend, the Arizona Department of Transportation said Thursday.

Construction closures were paused starting on Wednesday afternoon and will not resume until Monday morning, the department said.

While the lack of scheduled closures may make Arizona highways easier to navigate over the weekend, the department still urged motorists to pack extra supplies, such as drinking water, before trips in the event of sudden closures.

BrieAnna J. Frank

12:35 p.m. Thursday: Wrong-way driver causes crash, shuts down Loop 202 in Tempe

The westbound lanes of Loop 202 were closed in Tempe on Thursday morning after a wrong-way driver caused a multi-vehicle collision.

Serious injuries were reported after the wrong-way driver hit a DPS trooper’s patrol car, then crashed into another before finally striking another head-on.

The occupants of the DPS patrol car and the second vehicle hit were not injured. The third impact did result in serious injuries. DPS did not provide additional information on the status of those injured.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said that lanes were closed at the Loop 101 Pima Freeway in Mesa.

All traffic was being diverted at Loop 101.

There was no estimated time for lanes to be reopened.

ADOT recommends travelers check traffic updates on their website; by calling 511 or keeping track on Twitter @ArizonaDOT.

— Joanna Jacobo Rivera

9:15 a.m. Thursday: 'Sunny and very breezy' weather expected for Thanksgiving in Phoenix area

Phoenix residents are expected to enjoy clear skies and fresh weather during the Thanksgiving holiday. Above-normal highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-60s are expected across the Phoenix metro area.

"Today we're gonna be mostly sunny and very breezy," said meteorologist James Sawtelle with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Gusts up to 20-30 mph are expected during the morning but are expected to simmer down by late afternoon.

According to Sawtelle, drivers should be aware of isolated blowing dust in some of the highways in the lower deserts. "If you're traveling, you might wanna be aware of that," he said. "There is a chance you could see a little bit of blowing dust."

A no-burn advisory was issued by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department on Wednesday, restricting residents from light fires in residential fireplaces, chimneys, outdoor fire pits, and similar outdoor fires during the holiday.

The department asked Maricopa County residents to avoid roasting anything over a fire due to elevated levels of smoke in the air.

More recommendations include avoiding waiting in drive-thru lines and the use of leaf blowers and off-road vehicles.

— Laura Daniella Sepúlveda

8:30 a.m. Thursday: US-93 closed both ways north of Wickenburg

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, US-93 was closed in both directions at milepost 164 north of Wickenburg due to a car crash.

No further details have been provided at this time.

There was no estimated time of reopening.

ADOT recommends travelers check traffic updates on their website; by calling 511 or keeping track on Twitter @ArizonaDOT.

— Haleigh Kochanski

9:25 p.m. Wednesday: Traffic backing up around Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Traffic around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was backed up Wednesday night.

About 9 p.m., the Arizona Department of Transportation advised anyone trying to reach the airport to allow extra time to do so due to traffic.

Sky Harbor on Wednesday morning warned travelers that travel volume was expected to be heavy from 6 to 11 p.m. and that people should use the Sky Train at 44th Street instead of driving.

People also can check security wait times at As of 9:20 p.m., all waits were under 10 minutes.

— Kaila White

7:25 p.m. Wednesday: Crash blocks multiple lanes on I-17 near Thomas Road

A crash involving multiple vehicles blocked several lanes of Interstate 17 northbound near Thomas Road in Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Traffic was very slow in the area. It was not immediately known if anyone was injured or what may have caused the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

— Kaila White

5:05 p.m. Wednesday: Holiday traffic already sets in on I-10 south of Phoenix

Traffic on Interstate 10 was backed up for at least 20 miles Wednesday evening, as the holiday rush before Thanksgiving begins.
Traffic on Interstate 10 was backed up for at least 20 miles Wednesday evening, as the holiday rush before Thanksgiving begins.

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, traffic in both directions on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix was backed up at varying speeds for at least 20 miles.

"Expect lengthy delays in both directions of I-10 South of the Phoenix as holiday travelers hit the road," the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a Twitter post.

A crash on U.S. 60 east of Quartzsite at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday closed both directions of the freeway for about 20 miles, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The highway reopened at 6:40 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

— Athena Ankrah

4 p.m. Wednesday: No fires allowed in Maricopa County on Thanksgiving

Wood burning in residential fireplaces, chimneys, outdoor fire pits and similar outdoor fires is prohibited in Maricopa County this Thanksgiving due to elevated levels of smoke in the air, according to a release issued by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department on Wednesday.

"This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning," the county notes.

If you plan to roast anything over a fire this Thanksgiving, the county asks you to change plans and reduce harm to its air quality. Further restrictions include the use of leaf blowers and off-road vehicles.

The county asks residents to avoid waiting in long lines in the car Thursday, as this can contribute to poor air quality. Instead, park the vehicle and go inside.

— Athena Ankrah

1 p.m. Wednesday: Heavy traffic expected late afternoon Wednesday on highways

On the Wednesday before every Thanksgiving, highways to the High Country become particularly busy late in the afternoon and into the evening, according to ADOT spokesperson Doug Nintzel.

With the addition of holiday travelers, heavier traffic is also expected on the following highways: northbound Interstate 17 north of Phoenix, State Route 87 to Payson, and eastbound Interstate 10 between Phoenix and California, Nintzel said.

Figuring out how much time to set aside for travel might be a little more difficult since disabled vehicles or crashes along certain routes occur without warning.

"All it takes is a fender bender to cause significant delays on northbound I-17 heading out of the Valley," Nintzel said.

But Nintzel recommends drivers set aside at least an hour in addition to staying up-to-date on highway conditions.

"You need to expect the unexpected and not be in a hurry to get to your destination. Speeding and bad driving maneuvers like tailgating or unsafe lane changes or passing without enough room can and do lead to tragedies," Nintzel said.

According to Nintzel, there is still time to be a prepared driver.

"Check your tire pressure, engine fluid levels as well as belts and hoses. Pack some extra items like drinking water, snacks, a flashlight, cellphone charger and other items that will help in case you encounter an unscheduled closure along a highway."

— Amaris Encinas

11:45 a.m. Wednesday: 'Very busy' at Phoenix Sky Harbor, airport official says

Because Wednesday is the busiest travel day before the holiday, travelers who are flying should give themselves extra time to arrive at the airport, according to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport spokesperson Heather Shelbrack.

If travelers are flying domestically, then they should give themselves at least two hours and one extra hour if they are flying internationally, Shelbrack said.

Shelbrack also recommends drivers picking up or dropping off travelers use the 44th Street Sky Train station to help as a way to avoid roadway traffic and congestion at the terminal curb. Roadways will be especially busy between 6 and 11 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

As of 11:40 a.m., security wait times at Terminal 3 are about 10 minutes and between 5 to 10 minutes at Terminal 4, according to the Sky Harbor website.

Extra tips:

  • Travelers should check their bags for prohibited items before arriving at the airport. The Transportation Security Administration's website has additional information about what can and can’t be brought in your carry-on bag.

  • Travelers and drivers picking up travelers should check the flight status before coming to the airport.

  • A facial covering over the nose and mouth is still required in the airport due to the federal mask mandate in effect.

— Amaris Encinas

7 a.m. Wednesday: Sunny but breezy weather into Thanksgiving

As cloudiness decreases, Arizona is set to stay fairly sunny through Thanksgiving, according to National Weather Service meteorologist James Sawtelle in Phoenix.

Most of Wednesday's sunniness will occur mid to late afternoon with a high of 75 degrees. Winds will become breezier in south-central Arizona after 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, the weather service in Phoenix tweeted.

Thursday will also be sunny, but with a little bit more breeze. The high for Thursday is 76 degrees, Sawtelle said.

Because locally windy conditions are expected along the lower portion of the Colorado River area on Wednesday, the weather service in Phoenix recommends drivers to keep an eye out because the strong winds and blowing dust may create difficult driving conditions and create drops in visibility, the tweet stated.

If you are traveling for Thanksgiving and want to know the forecast for your travel destination, you can visit The National Weather Service's website.

— Amaris Encinas

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona traffic, road and weather updates for Thanksgiving weekend