January 20-21st Winter Storm Update

January 20-21st Winter Storm Update  

 

A strong upper level storm system moved from the Southern Plains across Kansas Saturday and Saturday night bringing accumulating snowfall to the state.  Snow generally began in the central Kansas around 10am Saturday morning. A few flakes began to fall in Topeka just after noon. Light snow continued across the eastern half of the state throughout the afternoon and evening hours, and a few flurries lingered into the morning hours Sunday.  In the National Weather Service Topeka forecast area, much of central and north central Kansas saw 6 to 8 inches of snowfall over the course of the event, while across much of northeast and east central Kansas , 3.5 to 6 inches was common.

The 24 Hour Snowfall totals reported by cooperative observers, automated surface observation stations (ASOS), and storm spotters can be seen below.

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High temperatures during the day Sunday, January 21st climbed a few degrees above the freezing mark, as depicted in the graphic below.  This caused a bit of the snow to melt.  Overnight, low temperatures remained mild.  Low cloud cover insulated Eastern Kansas , and temperatures generally only fell into the 20s.

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But, by Monday morning, a significant amount of the snow was still on the ground.

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