Daily Archives: 11 March, 2013

Blizzard conditions strike portions of Colorado and northern Kansas; records tied or broken in Nebraska

Portions of Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado hit with yet another strong snow storm over the weekend.

Blizzard conditions closed a stretch of I-70 in Colorado and created white-out conditions in portions of northern Kansas early Sunday afternoon. Here are maps showing snowfall totals around Kansas, along with photos shared by residents.

Taken by Leah Garman in Burr Oak, which is in Jewell County. Courtesy National Weather Service.

Hastings, Neb., set a snowfall record for March 10 of 5.3 inches, and Grand Island tied its snowfall record of 3.5 inches. Portions of central Kansas recorded 3 inches, and northern counties near the Nebraska border recorded higher amounts.

Snow in Smith Center. Photo taken by Bob Levine, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

More than an inch of rain for parts of Wichita this weekend

The official total for Wichita from the weekend rains will be .77 of an inch, because that’s what fell at the recording site next to Mid-Continent Airport in west Wichita.

But Jabara Airport in northeast Wichita logged more than an inch of rain, and parts of the metro area received nearly 1.5 inches. Here’s a map showing rainfall totals across the 26-county area covered by the Wichita metro area.

The amounts were above – and in many cases well above – the anticipated totals of a quarter- to half-inch.

Wichita weather: Sunny but chilly

The work week gets off to a chilly start in the Wichita area, with highs only in the upper 40s despite plenty of sunshine.

Forecasters say it’ll be windy as well, with northerly winds gusting above 20 miles an hour. Lows tonight will dip to the low 30s under mostly clear skies as winds ease and shift to the west

Tuesday will see warmer temperatures arrive, forecasters say, with highs in the low 50s under partly cloudy skies. The warmup will persist throughout the week, with highs topping out in the 70s by Friday.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.