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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will feature some of those pictures sent to us here on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.