Just about all of southeast Kansas found itself blanketed with snow late into Saturday night.

Just about all of southeast Kansas found itself blanketed with snow late into Saturday night.
According to the National Weather Service out of Springfield, Mo., the area received between two and four inches.
“It is similar to what we anticipated,” said Brian Barjenbruch, meteorologist with the NWS in Springfield. “The snow was hard and they were big, fat flakes but the ground was warm so, there was not a lot sticking.”
But, the snowfall was not the primary concern for forecasters along with law enforcement across the area.
“We have had up to 1/4-inch of sleet in the area as well,” Barjenbruch said. “That all started around Wichita on Friday.”
That did cause several, minor fender-benders across areas of Crawford County as well as reports of cars sliding off into roadside ditches.
However, Barjenbruch said that the main weather pattern, which saw precipitation bands move from north to south, turned mostly to snow by late Saturday afternoon and tapered off during the early-morning hours Sunday.
It was a storm that dumped up to two feet of snow in other parts of Kansas on Friday.
He added, though, that there will be some additional weather issues into Sunday.
“Most people may wake up on Sunday with clear skies and cold temperatures,” Barjenbruch said. “That is the other story is that there could be a very hard freeze in the morning.”
The amount of snow on the ground will leave temperatures struggling to get very high throughout the day but, Barjenbruch said that there was light at the end of the winter weather tunnel.
“It will be tough to get high temperature-wise because of the snow,” Barjenbruch said. “The area will be lucky to get out of the mid-40s but, on Monday, you could be looking at near 60.”
While storms of this magnitude are not common in Kansas this late in the season, Barjenbruch said that is not out of the ordinary.
“Strangely enough, we have had snowstorms into April,” Barjenbruch said. “In March, we average about three inches of snow so, it has happened before.”
As for the long range, he said that there is still the possibility that southeast Kansas could be prone to strong storms.
“Our forecast, through the next 7-10 days do not indicate any powerful cold snaps but, it has happened before and I would not be surprised if it happened again,” Barjenbruch said. “We will still be in an unsettling area where we could see some thunderstorms.”

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