December 12th-13th, 2000 Snowstorm in Central and Southeastern Kansas (7/9/2001)

By: Richard Elder

An upper level storm system moved out of the Rockies, and into the central Plains Tuesday night into Wednesday. This storm brought heavy snow to portions of South Central and Southeastern Kansas.

AN UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM MOVED OUT OF THE ROCKIES ON TUESDAY, AND ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS OVERNIGHT AND INTO THE MORNING HOURS. THE SYSTEM BROUGHT SNOW TO OUR AREA, AND IN SOME LOCATIONS IT WAS HEAVY. AS OF 8 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS WERE OBSERVED:

 SOUTHEAST KANSAS:
 BARTLETT...SE LABETTE COUNTY.....10 INCHES
 COFFEYVILLE...MONTGOMERY COUNTY...9 INCHES
 OSWEGO...LABETTE COUNTY...........9 INCHES
 ALTAMONT...LABETTE COUNTY.........9 INCHES
 IOLA...ALLEN COUNTY...............8 INCHES
 SEDAN...CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY.........7 INCHES
 HALE...CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY..........7 INCHES
 ELGIN...CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY.........6 INCHES
 LONGTON...ELK COUNTY..............6 INCHES
 CHANUTE...NEOSHO COUNTY...........6 INCHES
 HUMBOLT...ALLEN COUNTY............6 INCHES
 YATES CENTER...WOODSON COUNTY.....6 INCHES
 5 NE OF HOWARD...ELK COUNTY.......5 INCHES
 ERIE...NEOSHO COUNTY..............5 INCHES
 EUREKA...GREENWOOD COUNTY.........4 INCHES

SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS: EL DORADO...BUTLER COUNTY.........4 INCHES FLORENCE...MARION COUNTY..........4 INCHES BEAUMONT...BUTLER COUNTY..........4 INCHES WICHITA...SEDGWICK COUNTY.........3 INCHES ROSALIA...BUTLER COUNTY...........3 INCHES WINFIELD...COWLEY COUNTY..........3 INCHES ANTHONY...HARPER COUNTY...........2 INCHES ARKANSAS CITY...COWLEY COUNTY.....2 INCHES WELLINGTON...SUMNER COUNTY........2 INCHES

CENTRAL KANSAS: MCPHERSON...MCPHERSON COUNTY......4 INCHES SALINA...SALINE COUNTY............3 INCHES STERLING...RICE COUNTY............3 INCHES KANOPOLIS LAKE...ELLSWORTH COUNTY.3 INCHES ELLSWORTH...ELLSWORTH COUNTY......2 INCHES RUSSELL...RUSSELL COUNTY..........1 INCH
THE SNOW WAS EXPECTED TO END EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...AND A COUPLE OF MORE INCHES MAY NEED TO BE ADDED TO THE ABOVE AMOUNTS.

THIS STORM WAS NOT A SURPRISE. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPUTER FORECAST MODELS INDICATED THAT SNOW WAS POSSIBLE AS EARLY AS WEDNESDAY OF LAST WEEK AND FORECASTS WERE INDICATING THE CHANCE OF SNOW FOR TUESDAY AND INTO WEDNESDAY, A FULL 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE. THIS PAST MONDAY AFTERNOON, THE WICHITA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST STAFF ISSUED A STATEMENT TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE THAT ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTER WEATHER WAS HEADED TO PARTS OF KANSAS FOR TUESDAY NIGHT AND INTO WEDNESDAY. EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES WENT UP FOR SOUTHEAST KANSAS TO PUT EVERYONE ON NOTICE THAT 3-5 INCHES OF SNOW COULD FALL OVER THAT PORTION OF THE STATE. BY NOON. TUESDAY THE SYSTEM SHOWED SIGNS OF PRODUCING MORE SNOW THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT. AT THAT TIME HEAVY SNOW WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST KANSAS INDICATING 4-7 INCHES WAS POSSIBLE. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES WERE POSTED FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND PARTS OF CENTRAL KANSAS FOR 2-5 INCHES OF SNOW. THE SNOW BEGAN MOVING OUT OF OKLAHOMA AND INTO THE EXTREME SOUTHERN PART OF KANSAS AROUND 4:00 PM YESTERDAY. BY 9:00 PM, SNOW HAD SPREAD THROUGH MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS. AT THAT TIME RADAR INDICATIONS WERE THAT SOME PLACES IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS COULD HAVE MORE THAN 7 INCHES OF SNOW ONCE IT WAS ALL OVER. WINTER STORM WARNINGS WERE UPDATED TO REFLECT THAT. BY 3:00 AM, WINTER STORM WARNING CRITERIA FOR SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WERE MET WITH REPORTS OF 6 INCHES OR MORE IN PARTS OF LABETTE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

FORTUNATELY, THE ARCTIC BLAST OF COLD WEATHER THAT MOVED OVER THE STATE THE FIRST PART OF THE WEEK, CAUSING THE TEMPERATURES TO BE SO COLD, MADE THIS SNOW VERY DRY. ALSO WINDS WERE RELATIVELY LIGHT SO DRIFTING WAS NOT A BIG PROBLEM. SO AS WE DIG OUT FROM THIS STORM, WE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT THE SNOW IS NOT AS HARD TO SHOVEL AS THE WET, HEAVY SNOW THAT WE TYPICALLY GET IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

image 1 and image 2 are snow pictures at the Wichita National Weather Service Forecast Office.

image 3 is a Storm Total Snowfall Map from the afternoon on the 13th.

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.



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