Storm brings rain, closes roads

KINGMAN - It may not look like Christmas yet, but it certainly felt like it Monday. A winter storm blew in raw, cold air and a nearly steady drizzle of rain.

Accuweather.com reported that the high temperature for Monday in Kingman was 44 degrees, the low around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning was 30 degrees and the average temperature was 36 degrees.

According to the County Flood Control Department, snow was reported on Hualapai Mountain and Hayden Peak. At 4 a.m., the County Emergency Management Division closed Hualapai Mountain Road at milepost 8. The wet weather also set off 13 heavy rainfall alarms from county rainfall stations.

Between 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., six rainfall alarms went off in Golden Valley. The Ed's Camp gage, near Oatman Highway, reported 1.34 inches of rain; at Cave Springs, near Shinarump Drive and Guthrie Road, 1.42 inches were reported; the North Golden Valley gage reported 1.10 inches; the Golden Valley gage, at Teddy Roosevelt Road and Zuni Drive, reported 1.18 inches; the Highway 68 gage at Verde Road reported 1.26 inches; and the Mud Springs gage, located in the extreme north-central part of Golden Valley, reported 1.18.

Rainfall alerts also went off at Mineral Park, which reported 1.46 inches of rain; Pinion Pines, near Kingman, reported 2.28 inches; Vock Canyon, also near Kingman, reported 1.26 inches; and Gold Road Crest near Oatman reported 2.80 inches.

Three other rainfall alarms were set off in the Wikieup area between 8:45 and 9:25 p.m. The Potts Mountain gage, near Alamo Road, reported 1.61 inches; the Wagon Bow gage, located at Bogles Ranch Road, reported 2.87 inches; and the Wikieup sensor reported 1.70 inches.

The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 40 and U.S. 93 exit east of Kingman temporarily Tuesday morning due to the weather. The exit was reopened around noon Tuesday.