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Snow falls around Havasu; I-40 closed; Kingman gets snowed in

February 22, 2019 GMT

Thursday was about as close to a winter wonderland as Lake Havasu City can get. As a storm enveloped much of Northern Arizona, snow levels dropped to low elevations, and residents of places like Havasu Heights woke up to a snowscape.

“I was getting ready for work and heard my kids squealing outside,” said Havasu Heights resident Jessa Rae. “I went outside, and saw them having a little snowball fight.”

Rae took photographs of her children at play before she left for work, capturing the unique experience.

“I’ve never been home when it’s snowed in Havasu,” Rae said. “It was neat to see the house, the yard and the desert covered in white. My kids built a little, tiny snowman in the yard.”

By noon, Interstate 40 was blocked at the State Route 95 interchange. Heavy snow resulted in the highway closure through Flagstaff.

“It’s been closed from Exit 9 all the way through Flagstaff,” said Samantha Delaosa, an employee at Love’s gas station, near the intersection. “It’s slowed things down here quite a bit. Nobody’s going anywhere.”

According to the Department of Transportation, drivers should consider delaying travel across Northern Arizona during this week’s winter storms because heavy snow or accidents could make roads impassible.

The Desert Hills Fire Department was on standby as snow reported in Havasu Heights

The Desert Hills Fire Department remains on standby to assist its local fire departments this week after severe weather conditions were predicted for the Mohave County Region.

“We’re on standby,” said Desert Hills Fire Captain David Rodriguez. “Our neighboring departments have been getting calls on vehicle accidents around Mile Marker 135. The last time there was snow here was … I think about two years ago, there was a big snowstorm on New Year’s Eve. We ran calls for multiple vehicle accidents on I-40.”

The winter weather adviroy remains in effect through Friday morning. There was a chance for more rain and snow Thursday night, with sunny skies returning Friday and through the weekend. Temperatures are expected to remain cold, with lows at freezing temperature on Friday night.