December 9th 2003 Winter Storm in Eastern Kansas

On December 9th, eastern Kansas was affected by the first significant winter storm of the season. In north central Kansas, 4 to 7 inches of wind blown snow fell across Republic, Cloud, Ottawa, Washington, northwest Marshall, northwest Clay, and southwest Dickinson counties. Much of northeast and east central Kansas ended up with 1 to 2 inches.

Travel conditions were very difficult across north central Kansas during the day on December 9th with numerous accidents reported. Conditions worsened over northeast and east central Kansas during the late afternoon and evening as sleet and freezing rain preceded the snow that fell. Accidents due to the winter weather were plentiful as the roads became very slippery. This precipitation along with bitterly cold north winds gusting up to 35 to 40 mph created many problems for motorists. The difficult travel extended into December 10th as many schools were closed or delayed several hours.

The nasty winter weather was courtesy of a strong low pressure system that moved from western Oklahoma through Missouri on the 9th.


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