Record Snow & Record Cold in Topeka

The snow has stopped falling but the affects of the massive storm system will still be felt for another day or so. Officially, a record 9.1 inches of snow was recorded at Topeka's Billlard Airport which is the most snow that has ever fallen in Topeka on the first day of February. Many locations around Northeast and East Central Kansas received between 5-10 inches of snow. The totals were less across Central and North Central portions of the state. Below you will find a list of some snowfall totals that have been submitted to us. If you have a snowfall report to pass along please post it on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/wibw.weather.team

The heaviest of the snow fell through the afternoon hours on Tuesday and the snow fell at heavily, piliing up at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour at times. Visibilities were very low, less than a quarter mile for most of the afternoon. The winds were strong, sustained at 20-25mph and gusting near 40 mph at times.

BLIZZARD???

While conditions were near blizzard conditions at times, it was not officially a blizzard. We will call it a "half blizzard." The criteria for a full blizzard are visibilities less than a quarter mile, sustained winds of 35mph or more, and both criteria have to be met for 3 consecutive hours, or more. So the visibilities were low enough, but the wind was not strong enough. Most people don't know that temperatures and the amount of snowfall do not factor into the blizzard criteria.

COLD

After the ice on Monday, and the snow on Tuesday. The dangerous cold is the final piece to this storm. Wind chills will remain below zero until Thursday afternoon.

Record low temperatures will be possible tonight. The current record low in Topeka for February 3rd is -9, set in 1996. Our forecasted low temperature tonight in Topeka is -10 degrees.

Here are some current record low temps for Feb 3rd.
Concordia: -15
Manhattan: -8

SNOWFALL

Here are some snowfall reports. The blowing and drifting of the snow made it very difficult to measure. Drifts are being measured in feet all around the area, even in spots that did not see much snow.

Topeka - 9.1"
Garnett - 10.0"
Lyndon - 8.0"
Lawrence - 11.0"
Holton - 8.0"
Emporia - 6.0"
Manhattan - 4.0"
Blue Rapids - 2.7"
Wamego - 5.0"
Junction City - 2.0"
Hoyt - 9.0"
Abilene - 4.0"
Ottawa - 8.5"
Lecomption - 9.0"
Greeley - 10.0"
Nortonville - 9.5"
Burlington - 8.5"
Barnes - 4.0"
Mcfarland - 4.0"
Eskridge - 7.0"
Berryton - 7.3"
Onaga - 5.0"
Burlingame - 7.0"
Mayetta - 6.2"
Emmett - 7.0"

Latest Forecast -
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This Afternoon - Sunny but VERY COLD. Highs near 10. Wind chills will remain below zero until the afternoon hours on Thursday.

Thursday - Dangerously Cold in the morning. Lows near -10. Highs in the upper 10s and low 20s.

Drifting Snow Closes Some Northeast Kan. Highways

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Drifting snow from a massive winter storm
has closed stretches of state highways in several northeast Kansas
counties.

And Shawnee County officials reported early Wednesday that
portions of Interstate 70 in the Topeka area are down to one lane
that's mostly clear in each direction.

The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in a few areas of
Kansas, particularly southeast Kansas. But even lighter amounts
made driving treacherous, and Gov. Sam Brownback issued several
public warnings for people to just stay home.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported that a 12-mile
stretch of K-99 in Marshall from the town of Beattie to the
Nebraska border was closed by both drifting snow and stalled truck.
Also closed was a 10-mile stretch of K-9 in Atchison and Jackson
counties.

An Update From KDOT
Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Road Closures for NORTHEAST KANSAS
Update as of 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 2, 2011

K-9 in Atchison/Jackson Counties is NOW OPEN from US-75 to the west junction of US-159 to all traffic! K-9 was closed due to drifting conditions on the roadway as of 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 1.

K-20 in Doniphan/Brown Counties is STILL CLOSED from K-7 junction to Everest to all traffic! K-20 has been closed due to drifting conditions on the roadway as of 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 1.

K-99 in Marshall County is STILL CLOSED from the east city limits of Beattie to the Nebraska state line for (approximately 12 miles) to all traffic! K-99 has been closed due to drifting conditions and a stalled semi off the roadway as of 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 1.

K-120 in Doniphan County is STILL CLOSED from US-36 to K-20 to all traffic! K-120 has been closed due to drifting conditions on the roadway as of 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 1.

K-246 in Brown County is STILL CLOSED from Sabetha to Morrill to all traffic! K-246 has been closed due to drifting conditions on the roadway as of 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 1.

Wind Chill Warning

...WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER
STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* TIMING...SNOW HAS ENDED ACROSS THE AREA WITH TEMPERATURES
CONTINUING TO FALL INTO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS.

* WINDS...NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH WILL
CONTINUE OVERNIGHT INTO THE MORNING HOURS. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO
PRODUCE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...BITTERLY COLD ARCTIC AIR COMBINED WITH THE BRISK NORTH
WINDS WILL RESULT IN LOWEST WIND CHILL INDICES OF 23 TO 27
DEGREES BELOW ZERO TONIGHT THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS ON
WEDNESDAY.

&&

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROSTBITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
CONSIDER TAKING A WINTER STORM KIT ALONG IF YOU MUST TRAVEL
TONIGHT.



An update from KDOT
Updated 4:50 p.m.

WINTER STORM ALERT! As of 3:30 p.m., TODAY, February 1, Northeast KS KDOT advises ALL drivers to please STAY HOME and STAY OFF THE HIGHWAYS as travel conditions are NOW HAZARDOUS and are expected to get even worse over the next several hours due to the blizzard-like weather conditions that are moving throughout our region.

Poor visibility (white-out conditions) and freezing wind chills due to the blowing and drifting snow are making roads impassable and VERY DANGEROUS for any travel, even a short commute across town!

Thank you for your cooperation! Stay home, stay warm & stay SAFE!

An update from the Kansas Department of Transportation
Tuesday, 3:30 p.m

In near white-out conditions, motorists who risk venturing out should have their headlights and taillight s clear of snow and turned on. In blowing snow, or heavy snow, it is very hard to see a vehicle until distance has been closed to possible hazardous proximity. Using the lighting equipment helps others see you. Please put this out, help us help you !

WINTER STORM ALERT! As of 3:30 p.m., TODAY, February 1, Northeast KS KDOT advises ALL drivers to please STAY HOME and STAY OFF THE HIGHWAYS as travel conditions are NOW HAZARDOUS and are expected to get even worse over the next several hours due to the blizzard-like weather conditions that are moving throughout our region.

Poor visibility (white-out conditions) and freezing wind chills due to the blowing and drifting snow are making roads impassable and VERY DANGEROUS for any travel, even a short commute across town!

Thank you for your cooperation! Stay home, stay warm & stay SAFE!

An update from the Topeka Police Department
Tuesday, 1:12 p.m

Topeka Police Department remains in Phase III Emergency Reporting. TPD responded to over 30 street accidents yesterday while in Phase III. In addition, there were numerous walk-in reports. Below is a reminder of the emergency Phase guidelines.

Following are the Emergency Accident Phases categories.
Phase I: Report and investigate accidents at the scene, excluding private property accidents.
1) Persons involved in private property accidents will be requested to file their report at Headquarters.
Phase II: Injury and Hit & Run accidents will be investigated the same as Phase I. All minor and non-injury accidents require only the Basic Accident form.
Phase III: Officers will investigate only injury, Hit & Run and accidents with disabling vehicle damage. Refer all others to the Police Headquarters at their earliest convenience.

Additionally, TPD strongly recommends that all drivers exchange information before leaving the scene. Each driver should obtain the other parties name, driver license number, Insurance company information with policy number, vehicle information with license plate number, and a contact phone number. This information is required for State of Kansas Accident report, as well as minimum information your insurance company will need.

Some additional severe weather advice:

First, do not go out into the bad weather unless absolutely necessary. Listen to weather forecasts and plan accordingly by shopping and preparing for the storm in advance. Make plans to stay home. Remember neighbors and family members with special needs when making these plans.

Almost every motor vehicle accident was probably preventable, including accidents on snow and ice-packed roadways. Driving at speeds too fast for the conditions of the roadway surface is the biggest contributor to accidents in inclement weather. Drivers must drive at a reasonable and prudent speed even if that speed is just a few miles per hour. Speed limits are no longer the allowable speed if the drivers cannot control their vehicles. Do not assume that the road crews will have the roads you travel cleared off.

Every driver has limitations especially the younger and older drivers. Young drivers lack the experience to drive under these conditions. Law enforcement routinely responds to accidents where drivers under 18-years of age are involved. Older drivers may have physical limitations and have slower reaction times, which affects their driving and abilities to walk outdoors. Keep individuals in your life with such limitations in mind when planning ahead

Remember, emergency responders have the same transportation challenges as you and your vehicle, so it may be a long time before help arrives. Most police cruisers are two-wheel, rear-axle driven, which adds to the response times, even with experienced officers and deputies at the wheel. Tow trucks become inundated with calls for service which may make for extremely long waits.

Carry emergency supplies in the car in case your car becomes stranded. Blankets, food, water, flashlight and a cell phone should be the minimum in your emergency kit for survival.

Blizzard Warning

A BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR FAR EASTERN KANSAS THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING, INCLUDING DOUGLAS, FRANKLIN, ANDERSON, COFFEY COUNTIES

A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR ALL OF EASTERN KANSAS

A Blizzard is expected in far Eastern Kansas and across much of Missouri throughout the day on Tuesday and overnight Tuesday night. The criteria for a blizzard is to have sustained winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than a quarter mile for 3 or more consecutive hours.

Blowing and drifting of the snow will be a big issue with this storm as snow drifts of 4 feet or more will be possible.

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AREA WEATHER UPDATE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
318 PM CST TUE FEB 1 2011

...WARNING DECISION UPDATE...

AT 300 PM...THE UPPER LEVEL LOW WAS MOVING NORTHEAST INTO EXTREME
SOUTHEAST KANSAS. THE TROWAL CONTINUES TO DEVELOP WITHIN THE
DEFORMATION ZONE NORTH AND NORTHWEST OF THE UPPER LOW. A HEAVY
SNOW BAND OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR CONTINUED FROM NORTH CENTRAL
MO...WEST AND SOUTHWEST TOWARDS TOPEKA AND WEST AND SOUTHWEST INTO
EASTERN WABAUNSEE AND EASTERN POTTAWATOMIE COUNTIES. MODERATE SNOW
CONTINUES ACROSS SOUTHWARD TO THE OK BORDER AND AS FAR WEST AS
SALINA. THE HEAVY SNOW BAND MAY REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY ALONG THE
AND JUST NORTH OF THE I-70 CORRIDOR THROUGH 500 PM. THE SNOW
SHOULD SLOWLY DIMINISH FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE CWA
THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS. EAST CENTRAL KS NORTH OF I-35 AND EAST
OF A COUNCIL GROVE TO SENECA LINE MAY SEE AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 5
INCHES THROUGH 600 PM AND PERHAPS ANOTHER INCH OR TWO THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF THE EVENING HOURS.

THE SURFACE LOW OVER SOUTHEAST MO WILL CONTINUE TO DEEPEN AS IT
MOVES NORTHEAST INTO WESTERN KY. THE SFC PRESSURE WILL INCREASE
ACROSS EASTERN KS WHICH SHOULD CAUSE THE NORTH TO NORTHWESTERLY
WINDS TO REMAIN IN THE 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THROUGH
THE NIGHT. WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THE NIGHT. EAST TO WEST ORIENTATED ROADWAYS MAY DRIFT
SHUT.


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