26-28 March 2009 Blizzard

A major winter storm brought blizzard conditions to much of southwest and south-central Kansas.  Blizzard conditions developed over the far southwest counties by 10 pm Thursday night and spread east across the area late Thursday night and Friday.  The blizzard conditions finally ended in the Pratt and Medicine Lodge areas by 10 am Saturday morning.  North winds at 30 to 50 mph produced snow drifts from 6 to 8 feet. Several highways were closed from Liberal and Garden City to Hutchinson.  In addition...schools all across the area were closed on Friday.

Blizzards in southwest Kansas are most common in March with some of the biggest events occuring in late March.  Major blizzards occurred on March 23, 1987 and March 23 - 25th 1957

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME SNOWFALL REPORTS RECEIVED AT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN DODGE CITY FROM THE RECENT BLIZZARD:

PRATT 1W 28 INCHES
COLDWATER 6NW 28
COLDWATER 2N 24
W SIDE OF SAWYER 24
TROUSDALE 1NE 22
ULYSSES 4ENE 20
STAFFORD 9S 20
ULYSSES 3NE 19
ASHLAND 13SE 18
ST JOHN 16NNE 17
ASHLAND 16
JOHNSON 16
BUCKLIN 16
DODGE CITY 2.5NW 14
ULYSSES 8W 14
MONTEZUMA 13
ASHLAND 19NW 13
INGALLS 13
KISMET 12
LIBERAL 12
SYRACUSE 7SW 12
KENDALL 10N 12
MULLINVILLE 4ENE 12
GARFIELD 11
CIMARRON 15WSW 11
DEERFIELD 14N 8
SCOTT CITY 10SE 8
HAZELTON 6

 



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