Winter Storm Brings mix of Ice and Snow
A storm system moved out of the Rockies and across the state of Kansas on Sunday, February 21. As this storm system approached from the southwest, a cold airmass with sub freezing temperatures had already moved south across much of the area. This provided the setup for a variety of wintry precipitation types as warm moist air moved north over the cold air at the surface. Across east central Kansas a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow fell with some areas accumulating more than a 1/2 inch of ice on trees and power lines. A little further north of the ice, a swath of snow ranging from 5 to 8 inches fell across areas from Wabaunsee County through Shawnee, Jackson, and Jefferson Counties. Below is a map of snow and ice accumulations.
Visit NWS Hastings, NE for an explanation on the different processes involved for freezing rain, sleet and snow including graphical representations of the processes. For a detailed list of reports from the winter storm, click here.
We'd like to thanks all of our spotters and COOP observers who called in with their reports of snow and ice amounts.