snow dogA cold wet winter weather system dumped snow on northwest Arizona the last day of 2014. Well more than three inches of snow accumulated in the community of Kingman (3,500 ft. elevation) by 10:00 a.m.  Law enforcement agencies reported numerous weather related traffic accidents. One accident prompted the indefinite closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate-40 two miles west of Kingman, and another shutdown the eastbound lanes some 20 miles east of Kingman.  Kingman Police reported traffic accidents around the city and urged people to avoid driving if possible. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office closed the road leading to the Hualapai Mt southeast of Kingman to all vehicles without chains. Mohave County Administrator Mike Hendrix and Clerk of the Board Ginny Anderson were among only a handful of employees manning the county administration facility in downtown Kingman. Hendrix issued a memo to the county department heads and directors this morning allowing employees to exercise their discretion regarding driving to work today. Kingman City Manager John Dougherty said all non-essential employees were being released today at noon. He said public safety officials will remain on duty. Hendrix said county supervisors representing areas along the Colorado River reported extremely rare snowfall in and around BHC and LHC. Supervisors Hildy Angius and Buster Johnson said snow was “trying to stick” in those lower elevations as tonywell.