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Snow hits northwest Kansas, more to come




Hays Daily News

While Ellis County residents awoke Saturday to just a dusting of white stuff, others in northwest Kansas received more than a foot of snow in the last few days.

And more precipitation is likely in the next few days, with another round of snow predicted to begin late Monday and continue through Tuesday.

Jonathan Finch, National Weather Service meteorologist in Dodge City, said the Hays area could receive up to 5 inches of snow, with more light snow expected later.

"We know we're going to get snow; we know it's going to get very cold," he said. "We think there will be accumulating snow."

The high temperature in Hays on Wednesday could be in the single digits to low teens, and in the single digits Thursday. The wind chill is expected to be below zero both days.

The most significant snowfall totals thus far were recorded just north of Atwood, where a total of 13 inches was reported, said Randy Bowers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Goodland.

"Some of these areas have gotten quite a bit of snow with the previous snow," Bowers said. "Some of the communities, when they called in, mentioned they still had quite a bit of snow on the ground."

Atwood received most of that snow Thursday night, but up to 2 more inches fell late Friday and Saturday morning.

In the city of Atwood, accumulation of 9 inches was reported, causing some difficulties with snow-packed roads, Bowers said, noting he still hasn't heard many complaints.

"Everybody's been very happy about that," he said of the snowfall. "We certainly need the moisture in this area."

St. Francis and Bird City also received significant snowfall last week, Bowers said.

As for the approaching winter storm, meteorologists expect the most significant accumulation to hit near Hill City and move south to Leoti, he said.

Further northwest, residents also can expect freezing winter weather this week, Bowers said. Weather forecasts as of Saturday afternoon weren't calling for temperatures to be above freezing all week.