By: Chris Jakub
BIG snowflakes tumble down upon Kansas Saturday Night.
A sneaky strong storm system brought rain and sleet to the area Saturday morning followed by accumulating snowfall for the afternoon and evening hours. The rain changed over to snow after 2pm across portions of central Kansas as the upper level system acquired colder air. The snowflakes were over sized and hefty at times which caused the snow to pile up in a short period of time.The storm system maintained an easterly track across Kansas during the evening hours dragging the colder air and snowfall along with it. Several locations witnessed snowfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches from central Kansas into east central Kansas, however two separate areas of 4 to 5 inches of snow covered some locations...See Image 1 for snow total map. An intense snow band with high snowfall rates developed just north of Newton around 7pm. An observer trying to drive north of Newton on Interstate 135 at that time reported that local road crews were having difficulties keeping the interstate cleared off...See Image 2 for a radar image of the heavy snow band.