Winter Snow Storm, December 14th-15th

Winter Storm Blankets Northeast Kansas with Snow December 14th-15th 


A snowstorm struck northeast Kansas beginning during the evening hours of December 14th, just days after a significant ice storm ravaged portions of the state.  Sites across central Kansas saw the most snow--with reports that 8" to 12" of snow had fallen by Saturday morning!  The far western few counties within the NWS-Topeka County Warning Area reported snowfall totals up to 8".  Further east, dry midlevel air wrapped up into the system overnight.  This dry air was too much for ice crystals developing aloft to overcome.  The ice crystals sublimated as they fell, which eventually served to moisten the low levels enough for precipitation to begin to fall.  But, snow didn’t begin to fall until after midnight for much of the eastern part of the state.  As a result, snowfall totals were slightly lower than anticipated across east central Kansas.  Nevertheless, accumulations greater than 5" were observed across much of north central Kansas, with 1 to 4" amounts common further east.  

Estimated Snowfall Totals--As of 4PM December 15, 2007

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Below are estimated amounts reported by county law enforcement officials as of 4PM, December 15th.

ANDERSON COUNTY...AROUND 1 INCH...
BROWN COUNTY...3 TO 5 INCHES...
CLAY COUNTY...6 TO 8 INCHES...
CLOUD COUNTY...6 TO 7 INCHES...
COFFEY COUNTY...1 TO 2 INCHES...
DICKINSON COUNTY...4 TO 6 INCHES...
DOUGLAS COUNTY...1 TO 2 INCHES...
FRANKLIN COUNTY...AROUND 1 INCH...
GEARY COUNTY...5 TO 6 INCHES...
JACKSON COUNTY...AROUND 3 INCHES...
JEFFERSON COUNTY...1 TO 2 INCHES...
LYON COUNTY...1 TO 2 INCHES...
MARSHALL COUNTY...6 TO 7 INCHES...
MORRIS COUNTY...2 TO 3 INCHES...
NEMAHA COUNTY...AROUND 6 INCHES...
OSAGE COUNTY...1 TO 2 INCHES...
OTTAWA COUNTY...6 TO 7 INCHES...
POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY...4 TO 5 INCHES...
REPUBLIC COUNTY...6 TO 7 INCHES...
RILEY COUNTY...5 TO 6INCHES...
SHAWNEE COUNTY...2 TO 4 INCHES...
WABAUNSEE COUNTY...5 TO 6 INCHES...
WASHINGTON COUNTY...6 TO 7 INCHES...

Photos taken in eastern Wabaunsee County by Scott Blair.



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