Most significant winter storm in several years could bring heavy snow to Mohave County

February 20, 2019

Get out your winter clothes. The winter storm expected to arrive Wednesday evening could be among the most significant to hit northwest Arizona in recent years.

The storm is expected produce heavy snow throughout much of Mohave County, causing potential traffic hazards on Interstate 40 between Kingman and Flagstaff. The snow level is expected to drop to 1,500 feet, but meteorologists say Lake Havasu City residents shouldn’t hold their breath about participating in any snowball fights.

“We are not expecting a lot of snowfall,” said an unidentified meteorologist on a National Weather Service conference call Tuesday afternoon. “It’s not out of the realm of possibility just above the river floor, but at this time we aren’t expecting to see much more than flurries.”

Still, forecasters said they had low confidence for the Havasu area and were planning to watch the storm closely as it moves over the Colorado River Valley.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the Havasu area from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Friday.

The area between Kingman and Flagstaff will likely see significant snow accumulation on “a magnitude of something we haven’t seen in several years,” the forecasters said.

The previous storm that passed over Northern Arizona on Sunday produced heavy snowfall in Flagstaff and other areas.