The beginning of 2010 brought an unusual amount of snow to the Pittsburg area. The winter weather started on Christmas Eve, and was followed by another storm barely a week later.

The beginning of 2010 brought an unusual amount of snow to the Pittsburg area. The winter weather started on Christmas Eve, and was followed by another storm barely a week later.

In the 15 years that he’s been with the City of Pittsburg’s street department, Bill Niggemann can only recall one other winter storm that put his men to work as much as that storm.

“That was that ice storm we had a few years back,” said Niggemann, referring to the December 2007 storm. “That was the only thing close.”

The winter weather was so bad from Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 that at least 51 Kansas counties qualified for federal disaster relief aid, which allowed them to request money to replace or repair bridges, roads and other infrastructure damage.

Crawford County was pummeled by another winter storm in March. Snows starting early on the first day of Spring blanketed Crawford County with snow, contributing to a large number of minor accidents in the area.

Temperatures were only slightly below freezing that day, and Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton said the slushy roads were difficult to navigate.

“A lot of people didn’t know how to drive on that,” Horton said.

“We got numerous accident calls earlier in the day, and the deputies worked around 25 slide-offs, especially along 400 Highway. Then things slowed down, and now the call load is picking up again. We do expect the roads to deteriorate later.”

It was the third major winter storm to hit Southeast Kansas, with 6 to 12 inches of snow falling in some areas.

Because of the strong series of storms, county officials had to deal with the snow as well as the added responsibility of helping local drivers.

Horton said that the succession of snow storms was unusual for the area.

“I don’t think I can remember three storms in a row,” Horton said. “We’ve had bigger snows in the past, but hitting three times in a row is kind of different.”