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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.