Winter Storm Brings a White Christmas to the area (12/29/2009)

By: Kevin Darmofal and Stephanie Dunten

...WINTER STORM BRINGS A WHITE CHRISTMAS TO THE AREA...

BY: Kevin Darmofal and Stephanie Dunten

Deep low pressure moved from the southern Plains into the Midwest from Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, producing strong winds, areas of heavy snow, and near blizzard conditions, from Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, and western Missouri, into the upper Midwest. A wintry mix of freezing drizzle, light freezing rain and sleet preceded the snowfall across central and southeast Kansas early on Christmas Eve day. This created some slick roadways across the area. As colder air moved in on strong and gusty north winds, the wintry mix changed to snow by afternoon and evening. The more intense snowfall occurred across the Flint Hills and southeast Kansas during the evening on Christmas Eve, where snowfall amounts ranged from 4 to 8 inches. However, the strong north to northwest winds resulted in blowing snow and very low visibilities, with snow drifts as high as 4 feet. The snow diminished to flurries by Christmas morning, however the winds remained quite gusty from the west to northwest. This combined with very cold temperatures in the teens, to produce wind chills from 5 below to 10 below zero.

The image below shows the snow depth totals from this storm


 

Pictures Across the area... Have any snow Pictures? Send them to Wichita.Stormpics@noaa.gov

 

 

Snow falling in West Wichita. Picture taken by Stephanie Dunten.

 

Blowing Snow on S Clearwater St. Picture taken by Stephanie Dunten.

W Central Street. Picture taken by Stephanie Dunten.

 

Snow falling in East Wichita. Courtesy of Mary-Beth Schreck.

Reduce Visibilities at Central and Clearwater in West Wichita. Picture taken by Stephanie Dunten.


Allen County. Picture taken by Josh Honas

Allen County. Picture taken by Josh Honas

3 West-Northwest of Barnard(Lincoln Co.) - December 25th. Picture taken by Bryce Kintigh.

Greenwood County. Picture taken by Matt Dennis.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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