Kingman encounters first snow day of the season

Children across Kingman made snowmen and engaged in snowball fights Saturday after a storm left the city coated with a thin layer of snow.

But the pre-winter storm that moved through the area Friday did not make for all fun and games as the weather was blamed for power outages and car crashes.

Much of Kingman and Golden Valley lost power during the 1 p.m.

hour.

Chloride, Dolan Springs, Temple Bar and Willow Beach also were affected, according to Tom Ferry, vice president and general manager of Citizens Arizona Electric.

"A pole was broken off and down along the Hoover transmission line near Pierce Ferry Road," Ferry said.

"The snow was heavy in Dolan Springs and we believe the pole snapped due to the weather.

"We threw a switch at a transmission switching terminal in Chloride and got the power back on in Kingman and Golden Valley after 20 minutes."

Downtown Kingman, the Hilltop area and Golden Valley lost power about 1:20 p.m.

and had it restored around 1:40 p.m.

However, power was not restored to Chloride and points north of the town until 3:50 p.m.

Friday.

Ferry left a phone message at the Daily Miner in late afternoon saying it was necessary to "back feed the transmission line from Hoover Dam to get all customers back on power."

Large flakes began falling in Kingman at mid-day Friday at which time the Daily Miner contacted the National Weather Service Office in Las Vegas.

"You should not get more than a couple of inches," meteorologist Heather Orow said.

"An upper level storm system is moving through from California with a jet streak attached.

A jet streak is a small area of higher upper level winds."

Friday's snow in Kingman ended before mid-afternoon.

Kingman resident Art Fuller said he measured 1.5 inches of snow, which equals .13 inches of precipitation, from the storm.

Orow said another stronger storm system was due to move through the Kingman area Saturday night and Sunday, bringing the possibility of more snow with perhaps an inch in Kingman and heavier accumulations above 4,000 feet.

"This is not unusual at all," she said "We've just gotten into a wet pattern.

"There's going to be a chance for wet weather in Kingman on and off for the next week."

Sgt.

Dennis Cornett of the Kingman Police Department said KPD officers assisted in investigating three accidents on Interstate 40, normally handled by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, on Friday night.

DPS officers had their hands full with several accidents on I-40 between mileposts 80 and 88 and requested KPD assistance with accidents inside the Kingman city limits on the interstate, Cornett said.

Personnel from the Pinion Pine Fire Department rolled on four accidents Friday and Friday night on I-40 between mileposts 88 and 96, firefighter and medic Chris Jackson said.

"Vehicles were sliding off the road," Jackson said.

"Two of the accidents involved injuries."

Calls to the Kingman office of DPS on Saturday seeking details on accidents were not answered and the DPS Duty Office in Phoenix had no information on them.

However, DPS paramedic Ken McLaughlin, a member of the crew of Kingman Ranger, the DPS air rescue helicopter, said Ranger was called to one of the accidents at 7:47 p.m.

Friday near milepost 87.

"One of our officers was sitting in his unit when his patrol car was hit by a vehicle carrying two women," McLaughlin said.

"The officer hit the steering wheel and sustained a bloody nose, but refused treatment.

"We assisted in extrication of the women in the vehicle that hit the patrol car and flew one to Kingman Regional Medical Center with possible leg and hip injuries."

McLaughlin said the stretch of I-40 between Silver Springs Road at milepost 79 and milepost 90 tends to ice over during snowstorms and becomes very dangerous for drivers.

He recommended motorists along that stretch reduce speed and use lower gears during snowstorms.