Variety of Winter Weather Affects Central and Southeastern Kansas on December 9th-10th, 2003 (12/10/2003)

By: Jim Caruso

The first substantial snowfall accumulations occurred across portions of Central and Southeastern Kansas Tuesday into Tuesday night.

A strong storm system tracked across northern Oklahoma into southern Missouri Tuesday into Tuesday night.

This system brought moderate to heavy snowfall to central Kansas Tuesday, with 4 to 5 inches of snow accumulation. In addition, strong north winds creating poor visibilities and significant blowing and drifting problems. This resulted in treacherous travel. Much of South Central Kansas was spared the heavy snow, with Wichita only receiving one-tenth of an inch of snowfall. However, there was several hours of sleet and light freezing rain which allowed roads to become slick in parts of the Wichita Metro. Southeastern Kansas had everything from thunderstorms, freezing rain and sleet Tuesday, to areas of heavy snowfall Tuesday night. The highest snowfall accumulations in the southeast were 4 inches at Oswego, Sedan, and Cedarvale. Blowing and drifting snow also caused treacherous road conditions in the southeast.

See below for storm total snowfall accumulations:

See image 1 for a map of the snow fall ending Tuesday December 9th.
 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
 420 AM CST WED DEC 10 2003

...STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS FOR DEC 9TH/10TH...

................CENTRAL KANSAS.........................

COUNTY LOCATION SNOWFALL DEPTH

RUSSELL PARADISE 4 RUSSELL DORRANCE 4 RUSSELL RUSSELL 4 RUSSELL LUCAS 5

BARTON ELLINWOOD 3 BARTON GREAT BEND 4 BARTON HOISINGTON 3 BARTON BEAVER 5

RICE SAXMAN 4 RICE SILICA 5

LINCOLN BARNARD 4 LINCOLN WILSON LAKE 4

ELLSWORTH GENESEO 4 ELLSWORTH WILSON 4 ELLSWORTH HOLLYROOD 3 ELLSWORTH KANOPOLIS 3

SALINE SALINA 4 SALINE BROOKVILLE 5 SALINE SMOLAN 4 SALINE NEW CAMBRIA 4 SALINE MARQUETTE 4 SALINE GYPSUM 4 SALINE ASSARIA 2

MCPHERSON LINDSBORG 4 MCPHERSON MCPHERSON 3 MCPHERSON WINDOM 5

................SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS........................

COUNTY LOCATION SNOWFALL DEPTH

HARPER ANTHONY 1

SEDGWICK WICHITA-NWS 0.1

BUTLER DOUGLASS 0.5

COWLEY 9NE OF DEXTER 3-4" OF SLEET AND SNOW

.................SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS.........................

COUNTY LOCATION SNOWFALL DEPTH

ELK HOWARD 2

CHAUTAUQUA SEDAN 3-4" CHAUTAUQUA CHAUTAUQUA 4"

WILSON FREDONIA 1-1.5" OF SLEET AND SNOW

MONTGOMERY INDEPENDENCE 1.5" MONTGOMERY CANEY 1.5"

WOODSON YATES CENTER 1.5"

LABETTE OSWEGO 4"

NEOSHO ERIE 2"

ALLEN IOLA 1"

*NOTE SNOWFALL IS DIFFICULT TO MEASURE IN MANY INSTANCES DUE TO STRONG GUSTY WINDS CAUSING BLOWING AND DRIFTING.

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