Weather shift in forecast

Mild January expected to turn cold, wet and windy this week

KINGMAN - A shift in the jet stream is bringing with it slightly cooler temperatures and a chance for rain every day this week.

Those in the higher elevations, including the Hualapai Mountains, are also expected to see several feet of snow.

The best chance for rain will be Monday. Temperatures will dip after tonight to highs in the mid-40s, where they are forecast to remain through at least Friday.

The change is in contrast to the cool, dry weather the Mojave Desert has experienced for the first half of January.

The National Weather Service says the shift to cloudy and cooler conditions is a classic example of an El Nino weather pattern, in which a jet stream brings with it a series of storms.

Forecasters think at least four systems will cross the area next week. The first system is expected to move in tonight. Each system should bring its own wave of rain showers, with the last system moving into the area over next weekend.

At least one to two inches of rain is expected for the area. The Weather Service said it's possible that this week's rain will make up a significant portion of the yearly rainfall for the area.

Elevations above 8,000 feet will start to see snow Monday. Heavy snow is expected by Wednesday for the Hualapais.