LAUGHLIN — Snow? In the Tri-state?
Weather history was made Wednesday when the National Weather Service recorded a trace of snow on the ground at its co-op station at Clark County Fire Department Station 76 in Laughlin.
Stan Czyzyk, meteorologist in the weather service’s Las Vegas office, stated that weather records in Bullhead City dating back to 1977 contain no mention of snow in this area. He doesn’t discount the recollections of local residents who say they saw snowflakes falling once or twice in the last couple of decades, but no data of those events were maintained. “It’s a matter of there being a reliable source, and there hasn’t been a long-term observer in that area,” he said.
“You received a trace (Wednesday), and that has been recorded,” said Czyzyk.
Snow was reported in Lake Havasu City and Needles, as well. “We’ll be doing some digging today and see what we can find about previous snowfalls in those locations,” he added.
Czyzyk said there was a big snow event in Las Vegas back in the 1970s, and it’s possible that residents in the southern reaches of Clark County and western Mohave County saw flakes falling at that time. The Las Vegas Strip and airport experience measurable snow about once a decade, he continued, but those storms generally don’t affect the southern tip of the state.
High winds combined with wet roads created hazardous, icy conditions, especially on the higher elevation roads leading to Kingman and Las Vegas; and police, fire and ambulance crews were busy all morning.
Authorities closed westbound State Route 68 at Estrella Road in Golden Valley at about 10:30 a.m. due to winter driving conditions.
Just after 10 a.m., that same highway was closed for a 2-mile stretch east of Katherine Landing Road in Bullhead City because of an accident.
Dangerous conditions due to ice and snow on the roadway were reported along Interstate 40 at Topock and Kingman, and the eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours near the U.S. 93 South interchange due to an accident.
The northbound lanes of U.S. 93 at mile post 37 were closed for the better part of the day Wednesday after a crash on an exit ramp blocked travel lanes.
The California Highway Patrol closed the north- and south-bound lanes of U.S. Highway 95 from Interstate 40 to Nevada State Highway 163 just before 1 p.m. California time.
Snow continued to fall into the early afternoon hours.
The sun is expected to break through the clouds today, and local temperatures should reach the mid 40s. The high on Friday will be in the mid 50s, and it will continue to warm in the coming days. Monday’s predicted high is 66 degrees.