NWS issues winter weather advisory for northeast Kansas

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a winter weather advisory for accumulating snowfall, which will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The advisory includes Osage County and covers all of northeast Kansas.

The heaviest snowfall is expected to occur between 5 a.m. and noon Saturday, and should begin to taper off by late afternoon. Total snow accumulations are forecast to be 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts possible. Winds will be southeast around 10 mph during the heaviest snowfall, shifting to the northwest 10 to 15 mph through Saturday evening.

Roads are likely to become snow packed and hazardous. There may be periods of limited visibilities during the heaviest snowfall. Shifting winds Saturday evening could cause snow to blow back over roads. Traveling during the day Saturday will be difficult.

Conditions can deteriorate rapidly in winter weather situations, and drivers are advised to drive slow and allow extra time when traveling. Most winter weather related injuries and deaths occur from traffic accidents.

The advisory covers the counties of Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Osage, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson, and includes the cities of Marysville, Hiawatha, Concordia, Clay Center, Manhattan, Abilene, Junction City, Topeka, Lawrence, Emporia and Ottawa.


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