Kingman prepares for heavy snowfall
KINGMAN — It could be the region’s biggest snowstorm in decades.
The National Weather Service said high snowfall accumulations are expected above 2,000 feet late Wednesday night and today, meaning that Kingman could get bombarded.
Public safety concerns have prompted closures today of Kingman Unified School District and Kingman Academy of Learning schools. City, county and state officials have been planning road clearing details and possible emergency operations.
On Wednesday afternoon, the City of Kingman announced that all city offices will be closed today and only staff involved in emergency operations will be working. The Kingman Area Regional Transit will not operate today but is expected to be back in service on Friday, as long as conditions permit.
NWS meteorologist Kate Guillet said she has high confidence in the accuracy of a projection for up to eight inches of snow in Kingman by sometime today. A foot or more is likely in the Hualapai Mountains with 18 inches of snow expected in Peach Springs.
The NWS said the “most significant winter storm in several years (is) possible.”
Treacherous driving conditions and closures are expected on stretches of Interstates 40 and 15 and U.S. Highway 93 and State Route 68 in the Kingman area.
Mohave County Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward said there’s some concern that stranded motorists may need to be rescued from highways, filling up motels in area communities. He said they’ll be prepared to open a shelter and activate the Emergency Operations Center in downtown Kingman if necessary.
The City of Kingman and American Red Cross will open a shelter at Centennial Community Center, 3345 Harrison St. in Kingman. The shelter is expected to open at 6 a.m. today to accommodate anyone needing a safe place to weather the storm. For more information on the shelter, call 800-842-7349 or go to www.arizonaredcross.org.
Kingman City Manager Ron Foggin urged motorists to stay off roads today. He said authorities will need access to handle public safety events and that it is better that they not be impeded by unnecessary traffic incidents.