KINGMAN - Santa's sleigh shouldn't see any weather-related delays in Mohave County this Christmas.
While more wet weather is expected in the area today, forecasters say the rain is expected to taper off by the weekend, with only a 20-percent chance of precipitation for Friday and Saturday. Temperatures should remain moderate, with a high of 60 degrees expected for Christmas Day.
While cloudy and rainy conditions have lingered for several days, the National Weather Service out of Las Vegas said less than a half-inch of rain has fallen in Kingman since last Thursday.
Heavy rainfall and swollen waterways in northern Mohave County led to flash flood warnings and evacuations earlier this week in the Beaver Dam and Littlefield areas. At least two homes in the Beaver Dam Resort trailer park were flooded.
The early warning gauges showed the flow of the Beaver Dam Wash similar to a 2005 flood that caused substantial damage, said Development Services Department Director Nick Hont. One gauge 15 miles north of Beaver Dam was recorded at 10,000 cubic feet per second Monday, though the level should have already peaked by today.
Most elevations above 6,500 feet in Northern Arizona could see anywhere from four to 10 inches of snow, including the nearby Hualapai Mountains.
A winter storm watch is in effect through tomorrow for those elevations.
After this low-pressure system moves out of Arizona, a high-pressure system should follow close behind, bringing dryer and warmer temperatures.
The low-pressure system that brought all of the Southwest its moisture is then expected to work is way east, where it could grow into a winter storm by the week's end, bringing a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow to the Midwest and East Coast.