Strong Storm Brings a Hazardous Start to February (2/2/2004)

By: Robb Lawson/Mike Kreyenhagen

A wide variety of winter weather affected Central and South Central Kansas causing hazardous travel conditions for Super Bowl Weekend.

Gulf moisture was drawn north into the Central Plains on Saturday January 31st as a strong storm system kicked out of the Rockies. With cold air already in place at the surface, freezing drizzle was common Saturday afternoon over much of Central and South Central Kansas as low level moisture continued to increase. The freezing drizzle quickly turned to freezing rain and then snow Saturday night over Central Kansas as the upper wave interacted with moisture already in place. Meanwhile, freezing rain continued to fall Saturday Night into Sunday morning over South Central Kansas.

By late Sunday Afternoon(February 1st) the freezing rain had turned to all snow for locations generally along and west of I-35. Image 1 is a radar image from around 530pm Saturday night. The snow continued Sunday night and was on the decease as sunrise approached. Image 2 is a map showing snow depth at around 7 am Monday. Numerous weather related accidents were reported Saturday through Sunday Night as this storm lifted off to the northeast.

Below is the complete list of snowfall reports:

For a snowfall map for the entire state, see image 3.

 REGIONAL TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KANSAS
 939 AM CST MON FEB 02 2004

.BR ICT 0202 C DH06/TX/TN/PPP/SF/SD : : VALUES REPRESENT YESTERDAY'S HIGHS - LOWS OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS : AND PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS ENDING AT 7 AM LOCAL TIME : :................................................................. : STATION MAX / MIN / 24-HR / SNOW / SNOW : NAME TEMP / TEMP / PRECIP / FALL / DEPTH :................................................................. : : COOPERATIVE OBSERVATIONS FOR CENTRAL KANSAS : BRNK1: BARNARD : / / 0.43 / 4.3 / 5 BKVK1: BROOKVILLE : / / 0.52 / 6.3 / 6 CHSK1: CHASE 3SE : / / 0.10 / 2.0 / 2 DURK1: DURHAM : / / 0.53 / 4.6 / 5 ESOK1: ELLSWORTH : 23 / 8 / 0.31 / / 7 GTAK1: GALATIA : / / 0.17 / 1.7 / 3 GOEK1: GOESSEL 2NW : / / 0.33 / 4.2 / 4 HLBK1: HILLSBORO : / / 0.54 / 6.1 / 6 KANK1: KANOPOLIS LAKE : 23 / 10 / 0.42 / / 4 LINK1: LINCOLN 1ESE : 22 / 9 / 0.15 / 1.5 / 5 LNSK1: LINDSBORG : / / 0.46 / 4.2 / 5 LURK1: LURAY : / / 0.30 / 3.9 / 4 MCPK1: MCPHERSON : 25 / 11 / 0.42 / 4.0 / 5 PEAK1: PEABODY : / / 0.34 / 5.4 / 5 RUEK1: RUSSELL ARPT 1E : 18 / 2 / / 1.0 / 4 SMOK1: SMOLAN 1NE : 24 / 12 / 0.80 / 6.0 / 6 SRLK1: STERLING : 23 / 8 / 0.22 / / 4 WLSK1: WILSON LAKE : 22 / 5 / 0.29 / / 4 WNDK1: WINDOM 5SE : / / 0.38 / 5.1 / 5 : : COOPERATIVE OBSERVATIONS FOR SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS : ANYK1: ANTHONY : 33 / 14 / 0.36 / 1.5 / 2 AKCK1: ARKANSAS CITY : / / / / 3 ATAK1: ATLANTA : / / 0.67 / 3.5 / 3 BFCK1: BLUFF CITY : / / 0.25 / 2.5 / 2 BLPK1: BELLE PLAINE 4W : / / 0.53 / 3.0 / 3 CDWK1: CALDWELL : / / 0.63 / 3.0 / 3 CBDK1: CAMBRIDGE : / / 0.47 / / CSSK1: CASSODAY : 33 / 16 / 0.70 / 4.5 / 5 DURK1: DURHAM : / / 0.53 / 4.6 / 5 ELDK1: EL DORADO : 34 / 17 / 0.58 / / ELBK1: ELBING : / / 0.54 / 5.0 / 5 FLOK1: FLORENCE : 33 / 13 / 0.62 / / 5 HSEK1: HAYSVILLE 3SE : 36 / 15 / 0.32 / 3.7 / 4 HSSK1: HESSTON : / / 0.48 / 5.0 / 5 HLBK1: HILLSBORO : / / 0.54 / 6.1 / 6 HUTK1: HUTCHINSON 2E : 25 / 11 / 0.37 / / 2 INMK1: INMAN : / / 0.31 / 4.2 / 4 MTHK1: MOUNT HOPE : / / 0.39 / 3.0 / 3 NWTK1: NEWTON : 33 / 13 / 0.59 / 5.1 / 5 NORK1: NORWICH : / / 0.55 / 3.1 / 3 OXFK1: OXFORD : / / 0.62 / / 4 PEAK1: PEABODY : / / 0.34 / 5.4 / 5 PEKK1: PECK : / / 0.69 / 4.9 / 5 POTK1: POTWIN : / / 0.64 / 5.0 / PYPK1: PRETTY PRAIRIE : / / 0.30 / 3.0 / 3 ROCK1: ROCK : / / 0.61 / 5.1 / 5 ROSK1: ROSALIA : / / 0.53 / 4.1 / 4 SMBK1: SMILEYBERG : 38 / 18 / 0.60 / 3.5 / TRNK1: TURON : / / 0.37 / 2.4 / 2 WELK1: WELLINGTON : 36 / 14 / 0.47 / / 2 WLDK1: WILLOWDALE : / / 0.22 / 3.2 / 3 WNFK1: WINFIELD : 39 / 19 / 0.30 / / 2 ZDAK1: ZENDA : / / 0.47 / 3.2 / 3 : : COOPERATIVE OBSERVATIONS FOR SOUTHEAST KANSAS : BIGK1: BIG HILL LAKE : 43 / 10 / 0.20 / / CANK1: CANEY : / / 0.72 / / CEDK1: CEDAR VALE : / / 0.55 / T / CNAK1: DOWNTOWN CHANUTE : 39 / 24 / 0.26 / / CRYK1: CHERRYVALE 5S : / / 0.32 / 0.1 / CFVK1: COFFEYVILLE : 42 / 27 / / / ERIK1: ERIE : / / 0.15 / / GLBK1: GALESBURG : / / 0.20 / T / HALK1: HALE : / / 0.79 / / HWDK1: HOWARD 5NE : 40 / 21 / 0.62 / 0.3 / INDK1: INDEPENDENCE : 44 / 25 / / T / IOAK1: IOLA WATER PLANT : 37 / 22 / 0.26 / / LGTK1: LONGTON : / / 0.75 / / MDNK1: MADISON : / / 0.26 / / 4 MRNK1: MORAN : / / 0.04 / / MVLK1: MOUND VALLEY : 44 / 26 / 0.24 / / OSWK1: OSWEGO 1N : / / 0.20 / / PARK1: PARSONS 2NE : 42 / 26 / 0.10 / / SDNK1: SEDAN : 43 / 24 / 0.75 / T / THRK1: THRALL 4S : / / 0.43 / 3.9 / 4 YATK1: YATES CENTER : / / 0.53 / /

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