Impressive Snow Storm - February 8th and 9th, 2011

Impressive Snow Storm Strikes Northeast Kansas

 

Environmental Setup

An intense upper level storm system developed and moved southeast towards the Southern Plains on Tuesday bringing light to heavy snow to Northeast Kansas. Enough moisture was in place along with adequate lift from a frontal boundary positioned across the region. As a result, moderate to heavy snow bands developed early Tuesday afternoon over East Central Kansas and continued on throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Further north in the Topeka and Lawrence areas, the snowfall did not begin until later in the evening and continued across the area Wednesday morning before dissipating.

 

Snowfall Totals

There was a tight snowfall gradient across Northeast Kansas depicted in the figure below. The heaviest snowfall bands were seen south of an Abilene to Garnett line. It was in this area where 8 to 16 inches of snowfall was reported. Snowfall reports of 4 to 6 inches was reported along a Topeka to Manhattan to Concordia line while most areas further north received only 1 to 2 inches. To put in perspective, there was over a foot difference between Marshall and Lyon counties in Northeast Kansas.

Here is the total Snowfall Map as of 12 PM CST on Wednesday generated by spotter and observer reports. Note that this map may be updated to account for additional reports.

 

 

 

The Local Storm Report (in order of report time, most recent at the bottom):

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1002 AM CST WED FEB 09 2011

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

0234 AM SNOW JAMESTOWN 39.60N 97.86W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH CLOUD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0330 AM SNOW CONCORDIA 39.57N 97.66W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH CLOUD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATED ABOUT 2 TO 3 INCHES IN CONCORDIA. BLOWING SNOW
AS WELL.

0330 AM SNOW GLASCO 39.36N 97.84W
02/08/2011 E3.0 INCH CLOUD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

ESTIMATED 2 TO 3 INCHES IN GLASCO. VISIBILITY LESS THAN A
QUARTER MILE. SOME DRIFTING UP TO 18 INCHES.

0702 AM HEAVY SNOW WHITE CITY 38.80N 96.74W
02/08/2011 M5.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0702 AM SNOW CLIFTON 39.57N 97.28W
02/08/2011 E1.0 INCH WASHINGTON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING SNOW

0717 AM SNOW BURDICK 38.56N 96.85W
02/08/2011 E1.5 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

DRIFTING SNOW

0724 AM SNOW CLAY CENTER 39.38N 97.12W
02/08/2011 M2.0 INCH CLAY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0724 AM SNOW TESCOTT 39.01N 97.88W
02/08/2011 M4.0 INCH OTTAWA KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0730 AM SNOW WILSEY 38.64N 96.68W
02/08/2011 E4.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

DRIFTING SNOW

0735 AM SNOW 4 ENE ADA 39.18N 97.82W
02/08/2011 E4.0 INCH OTTAWA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0735 AM SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

0745 AM SNOW COURTLAND 39.78N 97.89W
02/08/2011 M2.0 INCH REPUBLIC KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0745 AM SNOW NEOSHO RAPIDS 38.37N 95.99W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH LYON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM SNOW MILTONVALE 39.35N 97.45W
02/08/2011 M3.0 INCH CLOUD KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM HEAVY SNOW CHAPMAN 38.97N 97.02W
02/08/2011 E4.5 INCH DICKINSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM SNOW HERINGTON 38.67N 96.94W
02/08/2011 M3.0 INCH DICKINSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM HEAVY SNOW MINNEAPOLIS 39.12N 97.71W
02/08/2011 M5.5 INCH OTTAWA KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0800 AM SNOW 2 NW COUNCIL GROVE 38.68N 96.52W
02/08/2011 M4.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

1006 AM SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/08/2011 E4.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

REPORTED BY KVOE IN EMPORIA.

0145 PM SNOW 2 WNW EMPORIA 38.42N 96.22W
02/08/2011 M5.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

KVOE IN EMPORIA REPORTS 5 INCHES OF SNOW.

0149 PM SNOW ABILENE 38.92N 97.21W
02/08/2011 E7.0 INCH DICKINSON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

4 TO 7 INCHES ESTIMATED ACROSS THE COUNTY. 1 TO 3 FOOT
DRIFTS IN HEAVIER SNOWFALL.

0149 PM SNOW COUNCIL GROVE 38.66N 96.49W
02/08/2011 M6.0 INCH MORRIS KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0239 PM SNOW BURLINGTON 38.19N 95.74W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH COFFEY KS EMERGENCY MNGR

5 INCHES OF SNOW REPORTED AT COFFEE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

0503 PM HEAVY SNOW DELPHOS 39.27N 97.77W
02/08/2011 M8.0 INCH OTTAWA KS PUBLIC

VISIBILITY DOWN TO 1/2 MILE.

0503 PM SNOW 1 WSW WAMEGO 39.20N 96.31W
02/08/2011 M1.0 INCH POTTAWATOMIE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0517 PM SNOW W BURLINGAME 38.75N 95.84W
02/08/2011 E3.0 INCH OSAGE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SPOTTER ESTIMATES 2-3 INCHES WITH HEAVY SNOW FALLING.

0525 PM HEAVY SNOW OLPE 38.26N 96.17W
02/08/2011 M9.0 INCH LYON KS PUBLIC

0525 PM HEAVY SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/08/2011 M7.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

KVOL IN EMPORIA.

0542 PM SNOW 2 SW BETO JUNCTION 38.41N 95.75W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH COFFEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SPOTTER ESTIMATES 5 INCHES.

0604 PM HEAVY SNOW 4 ENE ADA 39.18N 97.82W
02/08/2011 M8.0 INCH OTTAWA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0614 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 NNE BURLINGTON 38.20N 95.74W
02/08/2011 M9.0 INCH COFFEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SNOW DRIFTS OVER 1 FOOT.

0627 PM HEAVY SNOW 4 N GRIDLEY 38.16N 95.88W
02/08/2011 M12.0 INCH COFFEY KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0639 PM HEAVY SNOW 4 SSE LATIMER 38.68N 96.81W
02/08/2011 E6.0 INCH MORRIS KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0648 PM HEAVY SNOW 5 E WESTPHALIA 38.19N 95.40W
02/08/2011 M6.0 INCH ANDERSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0827 PM SNOW CONCORDIA 39.57N 97.66W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH CLOUD KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0828 PM SNOW CLAY CENTER 39.38N 97.12W
02/08/2011 E3.5 INCH CLAY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0829 PM SNOW WASHINGTON 39.82N 97.05W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH WASHINGTON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0830 PM SNOW GARNETT 38.28N 95.24W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH ANDERSON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0830 PM SNOW ALMA 39.02N 96.29W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH WABAUNSEE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0837 PM HEAVY SNOW BURLINGTON 38.19N 95.74W
02/08/2011 E16.0 INCH COFFEY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0841 PM HEAVY SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/08/2011 E7.0 INCH LYON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0841 PM HEAVY SNOW ABILENE 38.92N 97.21W
02/08/2011 E7.0 INCH DICKINSON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0843 PM SNOW COUNCIL GROVE 38.66N 96.49W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH MORRIS KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0844 PM SNOW JUNCTION CITY 39.03N 96.83W
02/08/2011 E4.5 INCH GEARY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0844 PM SNOW LYNDON 38.61N 95.68W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH OSAGE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0847 PM HEAVY SNOW MANHATTAN 39.18N 96.57W
02/08/2011 E6.0 INCH RILEY KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0850 PM SNOW LAWRENCE 38.96N 95.26W
02/08/2011 M1.0 INCH DOUGLAS KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0851 PM SNOW MARYSVILLE 39.84N 96.65W
02/08/2011 E1.5 INCH MARSHALL KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0852 PM SNOW SENECA 39.83N 96.06W
02/08/2011 E0.5 INCH NEMAHA KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0853 PM SNOW OSKALOOSA 39.22N 95.31W
02/08/2011 E0.5 INCH JEFFERSON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0855 PM SNOW WESTMORELAND 39.39N 96.41W
02/08/2011 E2.0 INCH POTTAWATOMIE KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0855 PM SNOW HOLTON 39.47N 95.74W
02/08/2011 E1.5 INCH JACKSON KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0856 PM SNOW BELLEVILLE 39.82N 97.63W
02/08/2011 E2.5 INCH REPUBLIC KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0856 PM SNOW NORWAY 39.70N 97.77W
02/08/2011 E5.0 INCH REPUBLIC KS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0909 PM SNOW 4 E CARBONDALE 38.82N 95.61W
02/08/2011 M2.2 INCH OSAGE KS NWS EMPLOYEE

0930 PM SNOW 2 E TOPEKA 39.05N 95.64W
02/08/2011 M2.5 INCH SHAWNEE KS OFFICIAL NWS OBS

1000 PM HEAVY SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/08/2011 E11.0 INCH LYON KS PUBLIC

REPORT FROM PUBLIC IN EMPORIA VIA BROADCAST MEDIA.

0100 AM SNOW 7 WSW TOPEKA 39.02N 95.80W
02/09/2011 M3.7 INCH SHAWNEE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0200 AM SNOW BILLARD AIRPORT 39.08N 95.62W
02/09/2011 M4.5 INCH SHAWNEE KS OFFICIAL NWS OBS

LIGHT SNOW STILL FALLING

0500 AM HEAVY SNOW 4 N GRIDLEY 38.16N 95.88W
02/09/2011 M15.0 INCH COFFEY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0559 AM HEAVY SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/09/2011 E12.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

0615 AM SNOW 1 WSW WAMEGO 39.20N 96.31W
02/09/2011 M2.6 INCH POTTAWATOMIE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0715 AM HEAVY SNOW WHITE CITY 38.80N 96.74W
02/09/2011 M9.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0723 AM SNOW 3 WNW LAWRENCE 38.98N 95.31W
02/09/2011 M2.0 INCH DOUGLAS KS NWS EMPLOYEE

0735 AM HEAVY SNOW GRIDLEY 38.10N 95.88W
02/09/2011 E14.0 INCH COFFEY KS CO-OP OBSERVER

SNOW DEPTH. TOTAL SNOWFALL ESTIMATED WAS 12 INCHES.

0742 AM SNOW 3 SSW AUBURN 38.86N 95.83W
02/09/2011 E2.2 INCH OSAGE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0743 AM SNOW S LYNDON 38.61N 95.68W
02/09/2011 E6.0 INCH OSAGE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

SNOW DEPTH

0748 AM SNOW BURDICK 38.56N 96.85W
02/09/2011 E6.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

SNOW DRIFTS 2.5-3 FEET.

0752 AM HEAVY SNOW COLONY 38.07N 95.37W
02/09/2011 E12.0 INCH ANDERSON KS CO-OP OBSERVER

SNOW DEPTH TOTAL.

0754 AM SNOW 4 E EMMETT 39.30N 95.98W
02/09/2011 E2.5 INCH JACKSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0801 AM SNOW BLAINE 39.50N 96.40W
02/09/2011 E5.0 INCH POTTAWATOMIE KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0802 AM SNOW TESCOTT 39.01N 97.88W
02/09/2011 E9.0 INCH OTTAWA KS CO-OP OBSERVER

TOTAL SNOW DEPTH.

0802 AM HEAVY SNOW WILSEY 38.64N 96.68W
02/09/2011 E8.0 INCH MORRIS KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0820 AM SNOW BEATTIE 39.86N 96.42W
02/09/2011 E1.0 INCH MARSHALL KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0820 AM SNOW 4 ENE ADA 39.18N 97.82W
02/09/2011 E9.0 INCH OTTAWA KS TRAINED SPOTTER

0826 AM SNOW MILTONVALE 39.35N 97.45W
02/09/2011 E6.0 INCH CLOUD KS CO-OP OBSERVER

0858 AM SNOW ESE GRANTVILLE 39.08N 95.55W
02/09/2011 E4.5 INCH JEFFERSON KS TRAINED SPOTTER

1010 AM HEAVY SNOW EMPORIA 38.40N 96.18W
02/09/2011 M14.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

10 TO 14 INCHES IN THE CITY OF EMPORIA

1010 AM HEAVY SNOW AMERICUS 38.51N 96.26W
02/09/2011 M14.5 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

1010 AM HEAVY SNOW OLPE 38.26N 96.17W
02/09/2011 M14.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

1010 AM HEAVY SNOW HARTFORD 38.31N 95.96W
02/09/2011 M16.0 INCH LYON KS BROADCAST MEDIA

 

 



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