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Snow prompts emergency status, more cancellations

2/4/2014

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty declared a snow emergency late Tuesday morning.

Snow started falling in Hays early Tuesday and was expected to continue into the evening.

The National Weather Service office in Dodge City canceled its winter weather advisory for Ellis County and replaced it with a winter storm warning. The forecast called for 5 to 8 inches of snow.

"It's going to snow all day," City of Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech said at a news conference Tuesday morning at city hall. "It's going to be hard to see. Please keep the vehicles off the emergency routes."

The city has been contacting owners of vehicles parked on emergency snow routes in an attempt to have them moved so plows can clear the streets. During phase one of a declared winter storm traffic emergency, parking is prohibited on designated emergency snow routes.

"To the best of my knowledge, we've never towed a vehicle on a snow route," Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said at the news conference. "We've always been able to make arrangements with people."

Ellis County offices were scheduled to close at 1 p.m. Tuesday and re-open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

All Hays Recreation Commission classes and practices scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled. HRC gyms were scheduled to close at 5 p.m., and the fitness center at 8 p.m.

Fort Hays State University announced it was closing at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Karl Rove's scheduled appearance Tuesday evening as part of the Sebelius Lecture Series has been postponed until a later date.