First Snowfall of the Season for Southern Kansas (12/10/2008)

By: Chris Jakub

Snow and blowing snow caused several slick roadways across South Central and Southeast Kansas on December 9th 2008.

A winter storm system swept eastward across Kansas during the daytime hours with blowing and drifting of snow. The morning and afternoon snowfall created very slick roadways across most of southern Kansas. Sedgwick county officials reported over 300 car related accidents due to the slippery roadways, mainly in and around the city of Wichita.

The snow spread eastward across southern Kansas during the daytime hours, with visibilities reduced below a half mile at times due to very strong north winds gusting over 40mph. The winds caused some minor drifting to occur with drifts around one foot high for some locations. See Image 1 for a snow total map from this event. Image 2 is a visible satellite image showing the snowfall across South Central and portions of Southeast Kansas.

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