Climbing the ranks of Wichita’s worst snow storms

Persistent afternoon snow showers have hoisted the storm total to 14.2 inches in Wichita.

That means only one snow event has delivered more in the city’s history: the 15 inches dumped on Jan. 17-18, 1962.

Local meteorologists say scattered flurries could add a tenth or two to the total, but the top spot won’t be threatened.

Still, this was an impressive snow storm indeed, and the widespread reports of a foot or more will be welcome news for a state shackled by a long-term drought. It’s a wet snow, meaning 10 inches of snow equals about 1 inch of rain.

Translated, that means Wichita has received the equivalent of about 1.4 inches of rain.