Snow and Ice Falls Across the Area

A powerful late December storm roared out of the Rockies late Thursday evening (12/30/10) and spread an area of freezing rain, sleet and snow across a large part of western Kansas. An Arctic cold front had moved rapidly across the area before the band of precipitation reached the region so much of the event consisted of freezing and frozen precipitation.  Strong upward forcing allowed for a band of heavy snow to form near Dodge City and this stretched to near Wakeeney.  The following image taken by NWS Meteorologist Jeff Hutton shows just how heavy the snow was falling just northwest of Dodge City shortly after midnight.

Snow was falling heavily just northwest of Dodge City shortly after midnight

Snowfall totals by morning ranged from a trace to 2 inches, but there were a couple of bands of heavier amounts that ranged from 2 to 3 inches with an isolated report of 4 inches near Arnold in Ness county.

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PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
1133 AM CST FRI DEC 31 2010

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0700 AM SNOW HEALY 38.60N 100.62W
12/31/2010 M2.0 INCH LANE KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW KINSLEY 37.92N 99.41W
12/31/2010 M1.5 INCH EDWARDS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW LARNED 38.18N 99.10W
12/31/2010 M0.5 INCH PAWNEE KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW MONTEZUMA 37.60N 100.44W
12/31/2010 M3.0 INCH GRAY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW ULYSSES 37.58N 101.36W
12/31/2010 M0.8 INCH GRANT KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW WAKEENEY 39.02N 99.88W
12/31/2010 M2.8 INCH TREGO KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW BUCKLIN 37.55N 99.63W
12/31/2010 M1.0 INCH FORD KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW COLLYER 39.04N 100.12W
12/31/2010 M3.0 INCH TREGO KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW MCCRACKEN 38.58N 99.57W
12/31/2010 M1.0 INCH RUSH KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW OFFERLE 37.89N 99.56W
12/31/2010 M0.8 INCH EDWARDS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW ARNOLD 38.63N 100.04W
12/31/2010 M4.0 INCH NESS KS PUBLIC

0700 AM SNOW CIMARRON 37.81N 100.35W
12/31/2010 M2.2 INCH GRAY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW HAYS 38.88N 99.32W
12/31/2010 M2.0 INCH ELLIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0830 AM SNOW ENE MULLINVILLE 37.59N 99.47W
12/31/2010 M1.0 INCH KIOWA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0845 AM SNOW 11 WNW JETMORE 38.13N 100.08W
12/31/2010 M1.5 INCH HODGEMAN KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0900 AM SNOW 8 ENE SEWARD 38.23N 98.67W
12/31/2010 M1.0 INCH STAFFORD KS TRAINED SPOTTER

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW...AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES...THEN BY AMOUNT...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
------ ----------------------- -- -------------- -------
4.00 ARNOLD KS NESS 0700 AM
3.00 COLLYER KS TREGO 0700 AM
3.00 MONTEZUMA KS GRAY 0700 AM
2.80 WAKEENEY KS TREGO 0700 AM
2.20 CIMARRON KS GRAY 0700 AM
2.00 HAYS KS ELLIS 0700 AM
2.00 HEALY KS LANE 0700 AM
1.50 11 WNW JETMORE KS HODGEMAN 0845 AM
1.50 KINSLEY KS EDWARDS 0700 AM
1.00 8 ENE SEWARD KS STAFFORD 0900 AM
1.00 ENE MULLINVILLE KS KIOWA 0830 AM
1.00 MCCRACKEN KS RUSH 0700 AM
1.00 BUCKLIN KS FORD 0700 AM
0.80 OFFERLE KS EDWARDS 0700 AM
0.80 ULYSSES KS GRANT 0700 AM
0.50 LARNED KS PAWNEE 0700 AM

 

 
The typical dry intrusion that accompanies many storms on the plains had moved into southwest Kansas well before sunrise
and the wintry precipitation had rapidly come to an end.  With daylight and clearing skies, the snow and ice covering
southwest Kansas were clearly visible from satellite images.
Satellite image showing where the ice and snow fell (depicted by white)
Snowfall totals overlaid on the visible satellite image
 
Jeff Hutton, WCM


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