Winter Storm Warning

Oak Trees In the Snow at Dawn

 

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11:00 AM Update:

Snow has begun to fall at a rapid rate throughout the community. From our observations around 10:30 AM, travel on the main thoroughfares is okay, but roads are snowpacked and will continue to worsen as the day goes on. Side streets are treacherous already and becoming ladden with snow. We observed one pick up truck driver who thought they could quickly and easily maneuver down a side street. The 360 degree spin he did in the truck rivaled an Olympic figure skater.

Several businesses in the area are open as of now, but a few have announced via their Facebook pages that they will be closing early or not at all today. Customers should check with the place they wish to patronize before heading there.

Travel throughout eastern Kansas is discouraged,  If motorists must be out, plan on plenty of time to reach your destination. Drivers also want to make sure that they have adequate supplies in their car in case they become stranded.  Windy conditions will cause this light powdery snow to blow with visibility being greatly diminished.  Slow driving and allowing for plenty of braking room is a must in these conditions.

Original Story:

The predicted winter storm has begun in Eudora this morning.  As of 6:00 AM, a light dusting has already coated the roadways in the area. The National Weather Service is currently predicting 5 to 9 inches of snow during the day to day with an additional snowfall of 2 to 4 inches tonight.  Winds are expected to kick up later on this afternoon and tonight giving us negative degree wind chills on Wednesday.

Crews worked during the overnight hours to pre-treat the roads with salt and sand and will begin plowing operations later on today.  Later on today, travel is being discouraged unless absolutely necessary.  All roads are expected to become slick and snow packed by mid-day Tuesday.  If travel is necessary, make sure to have equipment and warm clothing in case you get stranded.

A Winter Storm Warning went into effect at Midnight and is in place until 6:00 AM Wednesday morning.

We will keep you posted on furthering developments as Winter Storm Nika passes through Eudora.  You can find a list of cancellations we have received into the newsroom at the following link:  http://www.eudorareporter.com/cancellations-for-tuesday-feb-4-2014/

Readers can also submit comments in our comment section about road conditions in the area and snow pictures can be emailed to: editor@eudorareporter.com. We will feature some of those pictures sent to us here on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of eastern and central Kansas. The Warning is in effect from 12:00 AM Tuesday morning until 6:00 AM Wednesday morning.

Light snow is expected to develop during the overnight hours on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. The snow will intensify during the morning on Tuesday with the heaviest snow expected during midday and afternoon hours before tapering off Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Total accumulations are expected to be between 5 and 9 inches by the conclusion of the winter storm.

Adding to hazardous driving conditions, winds will pick up on Tuesday evening causing blowing and drifting of the snowfall as well.  Travel is expected to become difficult and dangerous once the snow starts to intensify.  Motorists are urged to avoid any unnecessary travel once the full effect of the storm arrives.

KDOT has announced that starting at 6:00 PM Monday evening, any unattended vehicles left on state, federal and U.S. Highways in the state of Kansas would be towed from the highway.

In Eudora, the Public Works Department is looking for a little help from residents.

“If at all possible, it would be a tremendous help if citizens could park their cars in the driveway as opposed to on the street,” Public Works Director Mike Hutto said.  “Especially on the cul-de-sac’s.  Those are the hardest to clear and when cars are parked there it becomes very difficult to try and plow snow in these amounts.”

Hutto stated that street crews began pre-treating the streets with salt and sand this afternoon trying to get a head start on clearing roads.

“We’ve got crews coming in at midnight to continue pre-treating the roads and they will be on 12-hour shifts until we get the streets cleared,” Hutto stated.

We will keep you updated as (I love the Weather Channel naming these snow storms) Winter Storm Nika moves through eastern Kansas. A cancellation list will be publish on the web site and will be updated as necessary on Tuesday.

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Oak Trees In the Snow at Dawn

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7:15 Saturday Update: Weather forecasters have pushed back the timing of this storm for a few hours. The winter storm warning will start at 9:00 AM this morning and continue through 6:00 AM Sunday morning. National Weather Service and area meteorologists are stating that a freezing rain and drizzle will start after noon today then change over to snow later on tonight.  The NWS continues to predict 4 – 8 inches of snow for the area while Kansas City meteorologists are saying we should get only 2-5 inches.  We will keep you updated throughout the day.

Original Story:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of the surrounding area. The warning is in effect from 6:00 AM Saturday morning until 6:00 AM Sunday morning.

According to the NWS, a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow is likely on Saturday with the snow becoming heavier Saturday evening.  The snow is supposed to end around sunrise Sunday morning.  The NWS is predicting 4 – 7 inches of snow plus up to a half inch of sleet Saturday and Saturday night. Winds will gust up to 20 m.p.h. Saturday evening as well.

Travel is expected to be difficult or impossible through the area if the snow accumulations predicted come true.  Motorists are advised that they should only travel if necessary during the storm and if you must get out, plan on extra time and use extreme caution.

We will continue to follow the storm’s arrival in Eudora and update you with pertinent information as warranted. We also will be lookign for your snow pictures which can be emailed to editor@eudorareporter.com or via our Facebook page.

 

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Snowfall measureMore measurable snow blew into the Eudora area Sunday morning.  This is the third major snow storm to hit Eudora in 2013. (Photo submitted by Rachel Fulks)

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Winter Storm Virgil (yes, we love The Weather Channel naming the storms) rolled through North East and East Central Kansas during the overnight hours dumping 4 – 6 inches of snow on the Eudora area.

Meteorologists say the snow is expected to continue through the morning hours but the heaviest has already moved through our area.

Crews in Eudora began plowing streets in the early morning hours and will continue throughout the day.  Stronger winds will continue to blow the snow over roadways making road conditions slick.

Caution is urged if your getting out and about this morning. KDOT has stated that all roads are open but report that both I-70 and K-10 are snow packed.  If you are getting out and about to head to church or any other location, allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination and be care as sidewalks will also be slick due to drifting snow.

The Winter Storm Warning continues until 1:00 PM this afternoon.

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Snow TreePhoto submitted by Kim Neis during Winter Storm Rocky in February 2013

 

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for a large portion of northern and central Kansas.  The warning begins at Noon Saturday and lasts until 1:00 PM Sunday.

Precipitation is expected to begin this afternoon as a rain or rain/snow mix and transition to all snow later on tonight. Moderate to heavy snow is likely through early Sunday morning.  The snow is expected to taper off early Sunday afternoon.

The Weather Service is predicting 4 to 7 inches of snow with locally heavier amounts possible.  Kansas City forecasters are predicting 6 to 12 inches for the immediate area.  Winds are also predicted to be strong with gusts around 30 m.p.h. through the day on Sunday.

Winter Storm “Virgil” as the Weather Channel has taken to naming snow storms is coming from the west out of the Rockies.  It is expected to follow I-70 across the state before it heads east over the remainder of the weekend and into Monday.  Reports state that Goodland, KS already has 8 inches of snow on the ground.

With heavy snowfall and blowing winds, travel is expected to be hazardous with snow packed roads and drifting snow.  Travel is discouraged by KDOT officials as the storm hits.

We will continue to keep you updated as the Virgil makes it’s way through the area.

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