Snow Overspreads Area - Jan 20th

Snow Overspreads Tri-State Area

January 20, 2006


Temperatures were just below the freezing mark prior to the onset of precipitation. Snow began across areas of eastern Colorado by late evening on the 19th before expanding into northwest Kansas shortly before midnight on the 20th. A  band of moderate snow developed and persisted across portions of the area, resulting in snow accumulations of mainly 4 to 6 inches in a narrow zone. The snow event lasted for nearly 16 hours across portions of the region.

Radar Time Series

12:00 AM MST

3:30 AM MST

6:00 AM MST
In the images above... the radar showed a band of moderate snow across portions of northwest Kansas during the early morning hours of January 20th. The band persisted for several hours across a narrow zone stretching from Cheyenne County, Colorado to Norton County, Kansas. The majority of the snow shifted to the east of the area by mid-morning. (Click image to enlarge).

Snowfall Totals

In the images above... the moderate snow band resulted in a narrow swath of 4 to 6 inch accumulations across portions of the region. The highest snow amounts came from Thomas County with Colby, Kansas reporting up to 8 inches of snow. The radar estimated the heaviest snowfall amounts associated with the snow band with some areas receiving over half an inch liquid equivalent of precipitation. (Click image to enlarge).

By midday on the 20th, the visible satellite showed the clouds moving off to the east of the region and the band of snowfall across portions of eastern Colorado and northwest Kansas. (Click image to enlarge).

Snowfall Amounts
Through 8am MST

Colby, KS
8.0 in
Dresden, KS
6.0 in
Atwood, KS 10 S
6.0 in
Cheyenne Wells, CO
6.0 in
Kit Carson, CO 9 NNE
5.0 in
Colby, KS 1 SW
5.0 in
Goodland, KS 13 SW
5.0 in
Sharon Springs, KS 10 S
5.0 in
Norton, KS
5.0 in
Arapahoe, CO
4.5 in
Wallace, KS
4.4 in
Mingo, KS 5 E
4.1 in
Norcatur, KS 15 NE
4.0 in
NWS Goodland, KS
4.0 in
Goodland, KS 4 W
4.0 in
Goodland, KS 10 SW
4.0 in
Wild Horse, CO 5 NW
3.0 in
Kanorado, KS
3.0 in
Tribune, KS 14 NW
3.0 in
Russell Springs, KS 3 N
3.0 in
Rexford, KS 1 SW
3.0 in

Photos Across The Area

Oakley, Kansas. Nearly 3 inches of snow was reported in Oakley, Kansas. Daybreak certainly provided a winter wonderland scene. Photo is courtesy of Erma Gee. (Click image to enlarge)

Goodland, Kansas. 4 inches of snow was reported in Goodland, Kansas. The snow was favorable to even build a snowman! Photo is courtesy of Mick McGuire. (Click image to enlarge)


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