Major Winter Storm Across Mid-America
A major winter storm developed across the Central Plains Wednesday January 15th 2003 and moved east. The storm lasted into the morning hours of January 16th across parts of northeast and east central Kansas. This was the first significant storm for north central, northeast, and east central Kansas this winter. Snowfall amounts were generally 2 to 5 inches across east central, 4 to 10 inches across the northeast, and 2 to 4 inches across north central. In the National Weather Service Topeka Forecast Area, some places in eastern Marshall, Nemaha, Jackson, southwest Brown, and northwest Jefferson counties saw greater than 8 inches of snow.
In many places, the precipitation began as a one to three hour period of freezing drizzle or sleet. This helped lead to very slippery conditions and many traffic accidents were reported. Additionally, north winds of 15 to 25 mph on the morning of January 16th led to blowing and drifting snow, and wind chills at or below zero. A large number of schools were closed, especially across northeast Kansas.