By: Chance Hayes and Robb Lawson
Major ice accumulations cause widespread power outages.
Winter weather made a lasting impression for many across central and southeast Kansas during the early portions of the week. Two different ice storms moved across the area and produced significant accumulations. The first storm moved across the far southeastern sections of the state and left behind ice accumulations between one half to one inch across Montgomery and Labette counties.This storm was followed by a more powerful storm system that put all 26 counties under NWS Wichita's jurisdiction in a winter storm or ice storm warning. The worst part of the storm occurred on Monday evening. This is when a swath of one half to one inch of ice fell to the northwest of a Kingman to Eureka line. This amount of ice caused significant power outages in the cities of Hutchinson and Salina. Those areas situated southeast of the larger ice accumulations still received between one tenth to one quarter inch of ice. The city of Wichita also had several power disruptions. Fortunately, the temperatures hovered around freezing, which hampered the roads from accumulating ice. This would have only worsened the situation. Image 1 displays the total ice accumulations across central and southeast Kansas. While Image 2 depicts ice that accumulated on a branch just outside of Kingman. Image 3 is from Cassoday, KS.