Winter Storm Rocky

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Update: Monday 7:00 AM:

While Winter Storm Rocky is still on it’s way, it’s been delayed stepping into the ring.  As of Monday morning, the National Weather Service says the storm is now expected to start as a mixture of rain and snow sometime on Monday and transition to all snow Monday evening.  Snow will continue through the overnight hours with moderate to heavy snows early Tuesday morning.  The snow is expected to taper off Tuesday evening.  The NWS is still staying that the storm has the potential of dumping 10 to 13 inches of snow on Douglas County. Gusty winds will accompany the storm with speeds of 20 m.p.h. to 30 m.p.h. and gusts up to 35 m.p.h.

Travel Tuesday morning is expected to be hazardous with the strong winds causing heavy blowing and drifting of snow.  Reduced visibility and near white out conditions can occur.  All travel is discouraged if the storm becomes as bad as is predicted.

Here is the list of cancellations for Monday night:

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class at Holy Family Catholic Church has been cancelled.

We will continue to update this list as any cancellations come in.  We also expect many cancellations on Tuesday and we will be posting those on the site as well.  Make sure to check back often as the storm rolls through.

Original Story:

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of Eastern and Central Kansas.  The warning takes effect at 6:00 AM Monday and last through Noon Tuesday.

Snow is expected to start late Sunday night and then rain, freezing rain and snow is expected to develop early Monday morning.  The Weather Service expects heavy to moderate snow to Monday night through early Tuesday before finally diminishing Tuesday night.

As of early Sunday morning, forecasters are predicting 10 to 13 inches of snow from Winter Storm Rocky.  Some minor ice accumulation may also occur with the freezing rain.

Eudora Public Works Director Mike Hutto told us that crews spent the day Saturday checking out trucks and preparing for Rocky.

“Crews will be split into two 12 hour shifts so we will have 24 hour coverage,” Hutto said.  “Main routes will be treated with salt and sand prior to precipitation starting and crews will be out throughout the storm and until all clean up is done.”

Public Works staff worked a similar schedule with Winter Storm Q which passed through Eudora last Thursday.

As always, if (when?) the storm hits, travel will be difficult and extremely hazardous. If you have to go out in the storm, it is recommended that you plan on a lot of extra time and slow down.  Travel will likely be discouraged throughout the region.

Kim Qualls, Public Affairs Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation, shared important information for those that may get stuck on the roads during a winter storm.

“If you get stranded, stay IN your vehicle, keep your seat belt on and call *47 on a state highway/interstate route (any highway that begins with I-, K-, and US-), *KTA on the Kansas Turnpike, or #911 at any time.”

We will once again have complete coverage of  Winter Storm Rocky as it hits Monday with a hard punch.   We will be posting cancellations and closing of local events and places as they are reported to us.

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