Winter Storm Begins to Impact Area
Associated Press / KSAL Staff - Wed 12:14 PM 02/20/2013
A winter storm has begun dumping snow across Kansas as it brings needed moisture to parched farmland.
National Weather Service meteorologist Ray Burgert in Dodge City said Wednesday the snow has tapered off in southwest Kansas while snow continues to fall steadily along the I-70 corridor south of Hays. Snowfall rates of an inch an hour are possible in north central Kansas.
In Central Kansas, anywhere between 1 - 3 inches is being reported. The snow has made roads slick. There have been numerous accidents prompting several communities including Salina, Hutchinson, and Great Bend to implement their special winter weather accident reproting programs.
The main storm system is forecast to move in from the Texas Panhandle overnight, bringing heavier snows on Thursday.
Burgert says everyone in Kansas will experience some impact from the storm. The heaviest snowfall will extend from southwest to north central Kansas, where accumulations of more than 16 inches are forecast.
Southeast Kansas is likely to get some freezing rain, sleet and an inch or so of snow.
In Central Kansas over a foot of snow is expected in many areas.