...Winter 2007 Ushered in With Style...


A large winter storm affected much of the central United States, on most appropriately the first day of winter!  The first affects of this winter storm reached the lower Missouri River valley early in the day on the 22nd, when rain, sleet, and freezing rain lifted northward over the area.  However, this mixed bag of precipitation quickly transitioned to snow in areas along the I-35 corridor in Kansas and Missouri.  Heavy snow was often observed with many rumbles of thunder heard throughout the event.  By the evening hours of the 22nd, locations from Wichita northeastward through Topeka, Leavenworth, St. Joseph, Gallatin, Trenton, and Unionville received upwards of 6-9 inches of snowfall!  Further to the south and east, a tight snowfall gradient formed, with locations across the Kansas City metropolitan area receiving anywhere from 2-4 inches.  Further to the east southeast, freezing rain, sleet, and rain lasted slightly longer through the day, with areas from Clinton to Marshall, and Boonville only receiving 1-3 inches of sleet and snow accumulations.


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To make matters worse during this winter storm, howling northwesterly winds between 20 and 30 mph created white out conditions across portions of northeastern Missouri and northeastern Kansas.  Visibilities were often reduced to feet at times, with widespread snowdrifts approaching 2 or 3 feet.  These hazardous conditions caused numerous traffic accidents, including large multi -car accidents in St. Joseph on Interstate 29, and just west of Topeka on Interstate 70.  Those Christmas holiday travelings moving northward along Interstate 29 were also stranded during the height of the evebt, as snow and blowing snow caused the closure of Interstate 29 from St. Joseph to the Nebraska border.

In addition, skies gradually cleared across the region during the morning of the 23rd, allowing visible satellite imagery to capture the expansive snow field currently across the Midwest.  Even though temperatures will try to warm during the next few days, light winds traveling over this expansive snowpack will keep temperatures cool through the work week.



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Listed below are snowfall totals and major impacts from the Pleasant Hill forecast area from the recent snowstorm.  While we receive many reports, listed below are the highest snowfall totals from each county we receive data from. 

**We are also looking for pictures from the recent snowstorm!  if you would like to share your images with us which could be shown on a more expansive storm summary website, please email them to:  W-EAX.webmaster@noaa.gov  **

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
1044 AM CST SUN DEC 23 2007

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1215 PM HEAVY SLEET BASEHOR 39.13N 94.93W
12/22/2007 E0.25 INCH LEAVENWORTH KS NWS EMPLOYEE

HEAVY PEA-SIZED ICE PELLETS

1250 PM SNOW PLATTE CITY 39.36N 94.78W
12/22/2007 E1.0 INCH PLATTE MO TRAINED SPOTTER

SNOW BEGAN AT 1130 AM CST. ONE INCH ON THE GROUND. MIXING
WITH SLEET AT THIS TIME.

1250 PM BLIZZARD LEAVENWORTH 39.32N 94.92W
12/22/2007 LEAVENWORTH KS EMERGENCY MNGR

SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CAUSING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND
NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS. ONE INCH ON THE GROUND.

1250 PM BLIZZARD 2 S ATCHISON 39.53N 95.13W
12/22/2007 ATCHISON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SNOW BEGAN AT 1100...CURRENTLY HEAVY WITH WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS. 1.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON GROUND.

0100 PM BLIZZARD ST JOSEPH 39.76N 94.85W
12/22/2007 BUCHANAN MO DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW CAUSING NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES. I29

CLOSED NEAR MILE MARK 50. MULTIPLE CAR ACCIDENT REPORTED.

0215 PM BLIZZARD DEARBORN 39.52N 94.77W
12/22/2007 PLATTE MO DEPT OF HIGHWAYS

INTERSTATE 29 CLOSED FROM DEARBORN MO TO IOWA STATE LINE
DUE TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. RELAYED BY MEDIA IN ST JOSEPH
MISSOURI

0215 PM BLIZZARD CAMERON 39.74N 94.24W
12/22/2007 DEKALB MO EMERGENCY MNGR

MODERATE SNOW FALLING AT THIS TIME...VISIBILITY REDUCED
TO LESS THAN 1/4 MILE. SNOW COVERING THE GROUND...AROUND
AN INCH ACCUMULATION THUS FAR.

0250 PM BLIZZARD CAMERON 39.74N 94.24W
12/22/2007 DEKALB MO EMERGENCY MNGR

VISIBILITY REDUCED TO 1/4 MILE...WINDS NORTHWEST AT 20
MPH WITH GUSTS TO 27 MPH. 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE
GROUND.

0310 PM SNOW PLATTE CITY 39.36N 94.78W
12/22/2007 E3.0 INCH PLATTE MO TRAINED SPOTTER

0400 PM SNOW 2 NE WESTON 39.44N 94.87W
12/22/2007 E5.0 INCH PLATTE MO TRAINED SPOTTER

FOUR AND A HALF TO FIVE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION WITH
ONE EIGHTH OF A MILE VISIBILITY

0528 PM HEAVY SNOW GALLATIN 39.91N 93.96W
12/22/2007 E6.0 INCH DAVIESS MO CO-OP OBSERVER

0620 PM HEAVY SNOW ST JOSEPH 39.76N 94.85W
12/22/2007 E8.0 INCH BUCHANAN MO BROADCAST MEDIA

0752 PM SLEET MOBERLY 39.42N 92.44W
12/22/2007 E0.50 INCH RANDOLPH MO TRAINED SPOTTER

SLEET HAS CHANGED TO SNOW.

0800 PM SNOW RAYTOWN 38.99N 94.47W
12/22/2007 E2.0 INCH JACKSON MO TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 PM SNOW COATSVILLE 40.58N 92.63W
12/22/2007 E1.5 INCH SCHUYLER MO AIRPLANE PILOT

ALSO HAVE A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICING FROM EARLIER
FREEZING RAIN.

0920 PM HEAVY SNOW GALLATIN 39.91N 93.96W
12/22/2007 E8.0 INCH DAVIESS MO CO-OP OBSERVER

EIGHT INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION WITH ONE FOOT SNOW
DRIFTS AND GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

0937 PM SNOW KCI AIRPORT 39.30N 94.72W
12/22/2007 M2.1 INCH PLATTE MO ASOS

OBSERVER AT KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MEASURED
2.1 INCHES.

0949 PM SNOW LEAWOOD 38.91N 94.63W
12/22/2007 E1.5 INCH JOHNSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0954 PM SNOW CAMERON 39.74N 94.24W
12/22/2007 E5.0 INCH DEKALB MO EMERGENCY MNGR

ESTIMATED FOUR AND A HALF TO FIVE INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION.

0959 PM SNOW DE SOTO 38.97N 94.95W
12/22/2007 E5.0 INCH JOHNSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

1003 PM SNOW 3 E OLATHE 38.89N 94.76W
12/22/2007 E2.0 INCH JOHNSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

ESTIMATED TWO INCHES OF SNOW ON TOP OF A QUARTER OF AN
INCH OF ICE.

1008 PM SNOW OSAWATOMIE 38.50N 94.95W
12/22/2007 E2.5 INCH MIAMI KS CO-OP OBSERVER

1020 PM HEAVY SNOW LEAVENWORTH 39.32N 94.92W
12/22/2007 M6.7 INCH LEAVENWORTH KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1020 PM HEAVY SNOW EFFINGHAM 39.52N 95.40W
12/22/2007 M9.0 INCH ATCHISON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

1033 PM HEAVY SNOW ATCHISON 39.56N 95.13W
12/22/2007 E8.0 INCH ATCHISON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1040 PM HEAVY SNOW TROY 39.79N 95.09W
12/22/2007 E6.0 INCH DONIPHAN KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

1045 PM HEAVY SNOW SAVANNAH 39.94N 94.83W
12/22/2007 E6.0 INCH ANDREW MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

FIVE TO SIX INCHES OF ESTIMATED SNOWFALL.

1053 PM SNOW LIBERTY 39.24N 94.42W
12/22/2007 E2.0 INCH CLAY MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

1107 PM SNOW PLEASANT HILL 38.80N 94.27W
12/22/2007 M2.2 INCH CASS MO NWS EMPLOYEE

1110 PM SNOW ALBANY 40.25N 94.33W
12/22/2007 M5.0 INCH GENTRY MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

1116 PM SNOW MARYVILLE 40.34N 94.87W
12/22/2007 E5.0 INCH NODAWAY MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATES FOUR TO FIVE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION.

1125 PM SNOW 5 ESE CLINTON 38.35N 93.69W
12/22/2007 E2.0 INCH HENRY MO TRAINED SPOTTER

HAD MINOR ICE GLAZING AND SLEET ACCUMULATION BEFORE
CHANGING TO SNOW IN THE EVENING.

1130 PM HEAVY SNOW PLATTSBURG 39.56N 94.46W
12/22/2007 E6.0 INCH CLINTON MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATED FIVE AND A HALF TO SIX INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION.

1134 PM SNOW MAYSVILLE 39.89N 94.36W
12/22/2007 E5.0 INCH DEKALB MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATED FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION.

1140 PM SNOW BETHANY 40.27N 94.03W
12/22/2007 E4.0 INCH HARRISON MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATED THREE TO FIVE INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION.

1233 AM SNOW NEW FRANKLIN 39.02N 92.74W
12/23/2007 M1.2 INCH HOWARD MO TRAINED SPOTTER

SLEET INITIALLY COVERED THE GROUND BEFORE THE TRANSITION
TO SNOW.

0115 AM SNOW LANCASTER 40.52N 92.53W
12/23/2007 M6.0 INCH SCHUYLER MO LAW ENFORCEMENT

0730 AM HEAVY SNOW BASEHOR 39.13N 94.93W
12/23/2007 M6.9 INCH LEAVENWORTH KS NWS EMPLOYEE

STORM TOTAL FROM SATURDAY.

0730 AM HEAVY SNOW PLATTSBURG 39.56N 94.46W
12/23/2007 M7.1 INCH CLINTON MO CO-OP OBSERVER

STORM TOTAL FROM SATURDAY.

0830 AM HEAVY SNOW 1 ESE TRENTON 40.08N 93.59W
12/23/2007 M6.4 INCH GRUNDY MO TRAINED SPOTTER

STORM TOTAL FROM SATURDAY. DRIFTS AS HIGH AS 4 FEET IN
SOME SPOTS. MELTED WATER EQUIVALENT 0.54

1000 AM HEAVY SNOW 3 SW BASEHOR 39.10N 94.97W
12/23/2007 E9.0 INCH LEAVENWORTH KS PUBLIC

STORM TOTAL FROM SATURDAY.

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