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Snow? In May? In Kansas?

Topeka recorded snow in May just last year. This year it was the far northwest corner of the state.

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Snow fell Monday morning in a few counties bordering Colorado. Photos showed snow accumulating in the median of I-70, too.

A dusting of snow Saturday, a sprinkling of spring Sunday

Wichita could see another inch or two of snow Saturday morning, forecasters say, but whatever falls isn’t likely to stick around long.

That’s because much warmer temperatures are on tap for Sunday and the first part of next week. Highs on Sunday could vault into the 60s and leap into the 70s on Monday.

If that prediction proves accurate, it will be the first time in nearly two months the temperature touched 70 – and only the second time since mid-November.

Snowfall map for Sunday in the Sunflower State

As you can see from this map generated by the National Weather Service, the heaviest snows fell just south of the state line. Wichita’s official snowfall total was 3.2 inches, bringing the figure for this winter so far to 22.7 inches.

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Wednesday’s dusting adds to Wichita’s snowfall total

It wasn’t much more than just enough for folks to leave footprints and have to brush the accumulation off vehicles left outside, but Wednesday’s pre-dawn flurries still added to Wichita’s snowfall total.

Officially, .1 of an inch was recorded, raising Wichita’s total for this winter to 19.5 inches.

And, yes, more snow is on the way. Keep your eye on Sunday.

A kitchen sink kind of weather day for Wichita

The “current conditions” report for the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service listed “Light Rain, Snow, Fog/Mist and Windy.”

That’s about five different kinds of weather at once. It’s as if Thursday wasn’t sure what it wanted to be, so it’s being many different things at once.

Oh, and sunshine made a cameo appearance as the morning reached its final furlong.

High wind warning in effect for Wichita area this morning

A high wind warning is in effect for portions of the Wichita metropolitan area until 11 a.m. today.

Sedgwick, Sumner, Harvey, Saline and McPherson counties are included in the warning area, with winds of 50 miles an hour or more expected. Wichita has already seen its high temperature for the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said. That was 60 shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The temperature had fallen to 41 in little more than three hours, and snow is possible in the area later this morning.

“It’s possible we could get a little bit” of accumulation, Pearce said, “but the main thing will be the wind.”

Those winds are knocking power lines down around Wichita, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Downed power lines were blocking three lanes of traffic at Harry and Edgemoor, and power outages were reported in north Wichita as well.

The emergency communications center was relying on a generator for power after electricity was knocked out there, a dispatch supervisor said. Westar Energy reported about 4,000 customers in Sedgwick County were without electricity shortly after 8 a.m.

Winds will ease later today, however, and Friday could still see highs top 60.

Snowfall totals from Monday

A narrow band of heavy snow formed in south-central Kansas early Monday – including the Wichita area – and delivered higher-than-expected accumulations as a result.

Here’s a map showing statewide snow totals, generated by the National Weather Service.

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A statewide snow map for Tuesday’s storm

If you’re wondering why an emergency declaration was issued for the entire state of Kansas due to Tuesday’s snow storm, this map should offer some clues.

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Snowfall totals from the Wichita region

Here’s a list of snowfall totals in the region compiled by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The list is not comprehensive or complete, since many came in before snowfall had ended. However, it offers a good glimpse at how much snow was falling across the area on Tuesday.

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
—— ———————– — ————– ——-
12.00 MOUNT HOPE KS SEDGWICK 0940 PM
12.00 ASSARIA KS SALINE 0754 PM
VIA TWITTER.
11.50 HUTCHINSON KS RENO 0732 PM
VIA TWITTER.
11.50 DURHAM KS MARION 0532 PM
11.00 SALINA KS SALINE 0731 PM
10 TO 11 INCHES AT KSAL RADIO.
11.00 SALINA KS SALINE 0500 PM
11 INCHES MEASURED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF
SALINA
10.50 SALINA KS SALINE 0106 PM
PUBLIC REPORTED 10.5 INCHES ON THE SOUTH SIDE
OF SALINA
10.00 5 S MCPHERSON KS MCPHERSON 0705 PM
ACCUMULATIONS RANGED FROM 9 TO 10 INCHES
ACROSS SOUTHERN MCPHERSON COUNTY.
10.00 SALINA KS SALINE 0319 PM
MEASURED AT KSAL RADIO IN DOWNTOWN SALINA.
10.00 4 NW DURHAM KS MARION 0310 PM
STILL SNOWING HEAVILY AND ROADS ARE DRIFTING.
10.00 SALINA KS SALINE 0300 PM
SNOWFALL THROUGH 3 PM. OTHER AREA REPORTS OF
UP TO 11.5 INCHES
10.00 MOUNT HOPE KS SEDGWICK 0200 PM
9.50 6 SSE WESTFALL KS ELLSWORTH 0727 PM
NUMEROUS SLIDE OFFS ON INTERSTATE 70.
9.50 HUTCHINSON KS RENO 0303 PM
MEASURED AT THE EOC OFFICE.
9.30 HOISINGTON KS BARTON 0642 PM
9.00 3 E LINCOLN KS LINCOLN 0841 PM
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
9.00 DERBY KS SEDGWICK 0707 PM
VIA TWITTER.
9.00 3 NNW WEST WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 0658 PM
OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE AT 21ST AND 119TH.
9.00 1 N PRETTY PRAIRIE KS RENO 0601 PM
THROUGH 4PM.
9.00 HILLSBORO KS MARION 0530 PM
9.00 PEABODY KS MARION 0530 PM
9.00 FLORENCE KS MARION 0530 PM
9.00 3 N NASHVILLE KS KINGMAN 0301 PM
8.5 INCHES MEASURED THROUGH 3 PM
9.00 HUTCHINSON KS RENO 0201 PM
ESTIMATED IN DOWNTOWN HUTCHINSON.
9.00 MOUNDRIDGE KS MCPHERSON 0150 PM
FIRE CHIEF REPORTED 8 TO 9 INCHES IN THE CITY
OF MOUNDRIDGE.
9.00 MOUNT HOPE KS SEDGWICK 0105 PM
9.00 ASSARIA KS SALINE 1215 PM
8.70 WICHITA MID CONTINENT A KS SEDGWICK 0659 PM
STORM TOTAL.
8.50 DURHAM KS MARION 0102 PM
ESTIMATED OVER NORTHWEST PORTIONS OF MARION
COUNTY.
8.50 MOUNT HOPE KS SEDGWICK 1200 PM
8.00 LINCOLN KS LINCOLN 0758 AM
24 HOUR SNOW TOTAL
8.00 KINGMAN KS KINGMAN 0539 AM
TAKEN IN KINGMAN AT THE COURTHOUSE. MEASURED
8 INCHES THIS MORNING.
8.00 NEWTON KS HARVEY 0940 PM
AT ROANOKE LANE AND NORMANDY.
8.00 LINDSBORG KS MCPHERSON 0705 PM
8.00 TURON KS RENO 0525 PM
8.00 5 W CHENEY KS KINGMAN 0354 PM
7.80 KINGMAN KS KINGMAN 0310 PM
7.60 KINGMAN KS KINGMAN 0100 PM
7.50 1 W WEST WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 0753 PM
OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE AT WEST 119TH AND
CENTRAL.
7.50 SALINA KS SALINE 1200 PM
MEASURED 7.5 INCHES AS OF NOON
7.30 NEWTON KS HARVEY 0150 PM
7.00 WICHITA MID CONTINENT A KS SEDGWICK 0601 PM
THROUGH 6PM. 1.3 INCHES IN THE PAST HOUR.
7.00 HARPER KS HARPER 0400 PM
SNOWFALL THROUGH 3PM.
7.00 HESSTON KS HARVEY 0356 PM
7.00 PEABODY KS MARION 0229 PM
7.00 CANTON KS MCPHERSON 0200 PM
7.00 9 NNE NEWTON KS HARVEY 1220 PM
7.00 KINGMAN KS KINGMAN 1136 AM
7.00 MOUNT HOPE KS SEDGWICK 1100 AM
OBSERVER MEASURED 7.0 INCHES OF SNOW AS OF
11AM WITH HEAVY SNOW STILL FALLING AND
VISIBILITY BELOW ONE TENTH OF A MILE.
6.80 9 W WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 0737 PM
MEASURED AT CENTRAL AND WEST 119TH.
6.50 2 N WEST WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 0501 PM
OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE THROUGH 5PM.
6.50 GREAT BEND KS BARTON 0345 PM
6.50 3 NNW WEST WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 0330 PM
6.50 KINGMAN KS KINGMAN 1044 AM
6.30 EL DORADO KS BUTLER 0838 PM
MEASURED EXACTLY 6.25 INCHES.
6.30 3 E LINDSBORG KS MCPHERSON 0601 PM
STORM TOTAL. SNOW DEPTH 7.25 INCHES.
6.30 BENTON KS BUTLER 1230 PM
6.00 MADISON KS GREENWOOD 0300 PM
6.00 COTTONWOOD FALLS KS CHASE 0255 PM
6.00 4 E MCCONNELL AIR FORCE KS SEDGWICK 0253 PM
6.00 LINDSBORG KS MCPHERSON 0241 PM
SNOW MEASURED THROUGH 2 PM
6.00 3 E LINDSBORG KS MCPHERSON 0200 PM
6.00 3 NNW WEST WICHITA KS SEDGWICK 1247 PM
MEASURED NEAR 21ST AND MAIZE.
6.00 4 E GALATIA KS BARTON 1241 PM
6.00 HILLSBORO KS MARION 1209 PM
6.00 10 SW HUTCHINSON KS RENO 1200 PM
6.00 NORWICH KS KINGMAN 1128 AM
6.00 NEWTON KS HARVEY 1056 AM
6.00 2 SE BUHLER KS RENO 1030 AM
6.00 HUTCHINSON

So how much did it finally snow Tuesday?

This map produced by the National Weather Service is a preliminary glimpse. Wichita’s official snowfall total, by the way, was 8.7 inches.

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That total broke the record for most snow on Feb. 4, which was 5 inches in 1897. As much as a foot of snow fell in Mount Hope in northwest Sedgwick County, as well as a number of other locations around Kansas.