Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 10:39 am
The biggest winter storm this season is causing delays and cancellations, and has brought traffic to a near-standstill in the Plains and Midwest, but it's providing much-needed relief for drought-stricken farmers.
According to Weather Underground Chief Meteorologist Jeff Masters, Wichita has its fifth biggest snowfall on record.
Winter Storm Q has dumped up to 17 inches of windswept snow in parts of Kansas and Missouri and is expected to extend its reach well into the Midwest on Friday.
Update Thursday 5:00 p.m. KCI remains closed, but officials report that first flights in and out are expected for 7 a.m. Friday. However, they are working to reopen the airport this evening.
In KCMO: “Phases I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance remain in effect. As outlined in the Snow Ordinance, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can also be ticketed."
Kansas City Mayor Sly James has declared a state of emergency in response to the snow storm.
The city says crews are responding to the snow and reports 250 snow plows are running, but residents are being asked to stay off the streets and park cars in driveways or garages.
Phase I and II of the City’s Snow Ordinance are in place. Vehicles parked on snow routes may be ticketed or towed. Cars and trucks that get stuck on major roadways without snow tires or chains can also be ticketed.
The Kansas City region's largest winter storm in the last two years has tracked its way up from the desert southwest.
This storm system is brimming with moisture and packs enough content to keep highway crews and people shoveling sidewalks busy for much of the day.
At the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, meteorologist Julie Leflan estimates up to 12 inches of snow on the northwest side of the metro, as much as 9 in the southeast suburbs. She says it’s good enough for recent record books.
The National Weather Service has cut its forecast for snow accumulation to one or two inches--about half of what it was earlier. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through Wednesday morning. Some school districts in outlying areas have cancelled classes.
The Kansas City metro area experienced its first winter storm overnight Wednesday. Strong winds contributed to whiteout conditions for the morning rush hour. Dozens of schools are closed Thursday including Blue Valley, Kansas City, Kan., Kansas City Public Schools, Lawrence, and Shawnee Mission.
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:09 pm
The storm that has spawned so many worst-ever superlatives managed a few more when it comes to electricity, with record-breaking power outages across 18 states stretching from Michigan and Indiana to Maine and North Carolina, according to a Department of Energy assessment.
Even though Sandy has switched from hurricane to post-tropical cyclone, it's still a formidable storm. The latest forecast predicts strong winds and coastal storm surges up to four feet in some places. Areas from the eastern Great Lakes region to the mid-Atlantic and up to southern New England can also expect an additional inch of rain.
Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:27 pm
People across the New York metropolitan area confronted scenes of devastation from Superstorm Sandy on Tuesday: widespread flooding, power and transportation outages and a wind-swept fire that tore through dozens of houses in the borough of Queens.