Welcome to the freezer: Temperatures are plunging

High, thin clouds accompany a cold front that moved into the Kingman area Tuesday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

High, thin clouds accompany a cold front that moved into the Kingman area Tuesday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - Pull out your winter blankets and hot chocolate. The National Weather Service is predicting a cold ending to the week with the area's first hard freeze and the possibility of snow for the weekend.

"It's an early winter storm," said Nancy Selover, a state climatologist from Arizona State University. "It's not that unusual for us to have storms at this time of the year, but this one has some really cold air behind it. Colder than normal."

Selvoer said the normal daily high at this time of year is in the mid to upper 50s and with low nighttime temperatures usually in the 30s.  The record low nighttime temperature for the area is in the upper teens or lower twenties. So it is possible that the area may set some records with this cold front, she said.

The National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Friday throughout the Mojave Desert area, including Kingman, with the possibility of rain and snow at 4,000 feet.

The Service is also recommending that residents cover sensitive plants and irrigation systems and bring pets inside overnight.

Today's high is expected to be around 40 degrees with winds out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph. The temperature will drop into the low 20s or teens overnight with the wind out of the north.

Friday will be sunny with highs in the low to mid-40s and the wind out of the south at around 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. The temperature will drop into the mid-30s or even the20s overnight.

Selover said climatologists predict another storm system will roll through the area Saturday and bring more cold Artic air, high winds and the possibility of more snow or rain. Saturday will be partly sunny with a 70 percent chance of rain or snow and a high temperature of around 45. The chance of snow or rain falls to 50 percent in the evening.

Still, temperatures through the weekend are likely to remain very cold, especially at night. Forecasts call for lows in the 20s and even the teens.