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Heavy snow and dense fog this morning!https://www.elimparcial.com/Webcams/GaritaNogales.html

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SE Arizona from Nogales east is under a Winter Storm Warning until 5 PM today. 2-6 inches of snow forecast and per the radar the snow extends into Mexico south of Nogales. Be careful if you must travel.

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Man, I would never cross northbound, at this time of year, unless it is a DIRE emergency. Three hour border waits are not uncommon.

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I agree, all the people that were down visiting family over the holidays are going back to work. Should be better starting tomorrow. Snow again last night in Green Valley but the sun is out and should melt soon.

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Rich,
I took a foto of our place in Green Valley this morning, but waited a bit long as it had begun to melt in the decorative gravel. Received maybe 1 1/2" . Thought it might break a few boughs of the Mesquites, but they are flexible.




At my office down in Amado Territories, there was much more snow. About 4" this morning... though too, I waited to long to take the foto as the sun came out and the melting started.




Nice Winter Wonderland in Southern Arizona this morning.

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A family member traveling by car back to San Carlos now. as of this post AND TIME, these are the conditions. They are South of Santa Anna, on Hwy 15. The roads are open The temp outside is 38 degrees.
They said there was A LOT OF SNOW from just outside of Tuscon on 19.


They told me that th line COMING NORTH AT THE BORDER IS A GOOD 2-3 HOURS LONG!!!! ( No surprise!)

If your headed south to San Carlos No wait time...

They were advised that travel either way later this afternoon is NOT ADVISED due to more snow is expected...

If traveling North to USA, I would strongly consider waiting a day or two, the weather temps will be freezing and snow runoff on the roads will cause BLACK ICE..

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The Santa Rita mountains.. which are the ones you look at on the right as you drive from Nogales to Tucson are completely snow filled.



It is going to be cold again tonight, about 26 degF from Green Valley south to Nogales. I suspect allot of this melt will just simply freeze into ice this evening/tonight. It's clear skies north of the border so there shouldn't be additional accumulation... but there will be re-freezing of what we received last night. I can't speak for south of the border from Santa-Ana to Nogales.... (Nogales had about 4" inches this morning per the weather reports)

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Big storm hitting Tucson Saturday night and all day Sunday....Much warmer then the last one, but more rain, snow at hight altitudes.

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IronMan wrote: Heavy snow and dense fog this morning!https://www.elimparcial.com/Webcams/GaritaNogales.html



So, based on the existence of cars in the lower left corner of this camera image, how long of a wait do people think this is? Assume at least six lanes open.


I would say that's about 1.5 hours.


Craig, you are the expert on this, as you have way more crossings than the rest of us. What do you think?

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Plan on coming down next Thursday.  Any problems at the border because of govt. shut down?

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cuttersc wrote: Plan on coming down next Thursday.  Any problems at the border because of govt. shut down?

Predicting this is like predicting what Trump will say next.


But the odds that there will be no problem at the border are greatly in your favor.

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amen on Trump and thanks.

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A friend went North on Saturday. 3 hour wait! I guess there were people taking extended vacations and still going North to go to work on Monday. Hopefully it will return to normal next week. Going South is no problem.

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One of my friends went up yesterday and took the Naco crossing.  He said when the line got to ten cars, they opened a second lane.
He was happy not having a 3 hour wait.

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Just crossed this afternoon. Almost an hour, back to normal.

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Hook wrote: Man, I would never cross northbound, at this time of year, unless it is a DIRE emergency. Three hour border waits are not uncommon.No Sentri?

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Sentri not worth it to me. Being retired, I just choose times to cross when it is easy. Plus I sometimes cross with a camper or a trailer or both. And I dont like the downtown crossing.

Did they ever install a Sentri lane at Mariposa?

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No sentri lane as of 2 weeks ago.  Because of the physical arrangement of the roads leading into the inspection area, it probably wouldn't be any help.  Everyone has to funnel in through the border fence gate that is only 2 lanes wide.  What would help is if they opened all the inspection gates.  I have never seen more than 6 of the total of 11 gates open at one time.  Also, the time spent at the actual inspection varies considerably from one day to the next.  Some days, they check my passport and that's it.  Other times, they ask lots of questions and then open the back end look through the luggage.  That can be a difference between 1 minute or less or up to 8-10 mins. and the number of backed cars doesn't seem to have any bearing on the process. 

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Yeah, I also remember times when I was at the downtown crossing and you couldnt even get to the Sentri lane because of all the backed up traffic in the regular lanes. But that was a few years ago.

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I guess I was lucky yesterday; crossed south for work in the morning to see NO line at Mariposa, and returned at 1PM to 6 cars in front of me. Last night, I checked the wait times and at 9PM it was 90 mins Mariposa and 120 at Deconcini - still 120 at Deconcini at 4:30AM!



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