Storm brings snow to nearby mountains
BULLHEAD CITY — For most Tri-state residents, Monday morning was a treat. They got to see snow without having to shovel it.
Snowfall all around — to the north, east and west of the Bullhead City area — served as a pretty backdrop after a weekend storm dumped an assortment of weather across northern Arizona, southern Nevada and northeastern California. Snow was clearly visible on the peaks of the Black Mountains north and east and the Newberry Mountains to the north and west of Bullhead City and Laughlin. Snowfall amounts varied widely with nearly 2 inches in some spots around Kingman and two to three times that much southeast of Kingman and at higher elevations.
In Bullhead City, the precipitation Sunday came in the form of rain. According to information from the Mohave County weather gauges, rainfall totals ranged from as little as 0.04 inch to about a quarter-inch in the Bullhead City area.
Heavy snow fell across much of northern Arizona over the weekend with 14 inches reported at Flagstaff, according to the National Weather Service. There, the storm began Friday and lingered into Monday with more scattered snow showers expected today.
Payson reported about 8 inches of snow while Show Low had 4 inches. Parts of Prescott logged 7 inches.
NWS meteorologist Nathan Lynum said the snow was expected to taper off throughout Arizona late Monday and early today but another winter storm is expected Thursday and Friday.
Snow forced closure of two interstate highways in California on Sunday, though both I-15 and I-5 were reopened Monday.
The closure on I-15, at the California-Nevada state line north of Barstow, hindered traffic on the main route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. As much as 10 inches of snow was reported in the mountain areas east of L.A. after the latest round of storms.
On I-5, a combination of snow and ice caused a number of accidents near Bakersfield, prompting the California Department of Transportation to close a highway known as the Grapevine, a mountainous route that connects Southern California with the Central Valley.