Winter storm dumps snow across northeast Kansas; 12.5 in. at Osage City

Parts of Osage County are digging out from a foot of snow, but Eskridge, with 16 inches, had the highest recorded amount dumped on the region by a winter storm Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.

Osage County’s highest recorded amount for a 24-hour period that ended this morning was 12.5 inches submitted by a trained spotter one mile southwest of Osage City. A spotter in Lyndon recorded 11.1 inches; and an observer recorded 10 inches at Olivet.

Across Topeka and Shawnee County, snow depth ranged 12.5 inches to 13.5 inches. Other high snowfall amounts in the path of the winter storm were recorded at Lawrence with 14 inches, Riley, 14 inches, and Enterprise, 15.2 inches. Snow drifts of two feet tall and taller were observed across the region.

National Weather Service cancelled the winter storm warning this morning, only to replace it with a wind chill advisory caused by wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph and wind chill temperatures of 10 below zero to 18 below zero.

Bitterly cold wind chills are forecasted to continue through Thursday morning with the lowest values expected to range from 17 below zero to 23 below zero. Wind chill readings are then expected to plummet again Friday morning to 10-19 degrees below zero.

Another chance for snowfall is predicted from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, however a major winter weather event is not expected. Light snowfall accumulations are possible.

A more organized storm system Monday and Tuesday will bring a chance for more accumulating snowfall to the area.

Spotters are encouraged to report final snowfall amounts to the NWS.

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