Potent Storm System produces limited snowfall in Central and Southeast Kansas (2/7/2003)

By: Rob Cox

Snow interrupts the evening and morning commute on February 5-6.

A fairly potent storm system moved out of Arizona into Oklahoma Thursday morning. Ahead of this system, snow broke out across Central Kansas late Wednesday afternoon on February 5th, and continued through much of the evening. The snow was heaviest across areas along and north of a Cottonwood Falls to Great Bend line where snow amounts ranged from 2-4 inches. Meanwhile, across South Central and Southeast Kansas, it was the calm before the storm until near daybreak. The next wave from this potent storm moved in from the Texas Panhandle, and had the potential for producing very heavy snowfall amounts Thursday morning and early Thursday afternoon. The only thing this storm was lacking was moisture. If there had been more moisture in the lowest 5000 feet with this storm, snowfall amounts across South Central and Southeast Kansas would have been up to 6 inches. Instead, most areas saw anywhere from 1 to 3 inches with the heaviest in Coffeyville at 3.5 inches. See Image 1.

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