The Golden Belt received 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight Wednesday, according to reports from the National Weather Service offices in Dodge City and Wichita.
Here are some of the snowfall amounts reported by the NWS and/or trained observers:
• Larned, 3.8 inches
• 5 miles southeast of Albert, 4 inches
• Ellinwood, 4 inches
• Holyrood, 5 inches
• Claflin, 5.5 inches
• Near Belpre, 6 inches
Christmas Bird Count
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center had planned to conduct its annual Christmas Bird Count at Cheyenne Bottoms on Thursday, but that was postponed. A new date will be set, possibly before the end of the year, said Curtis Wolf at the KWEC.
More than expected
The Barton County Sheriff’s Office noted the moderate snow and sleet falling starting at 7:11 p.m. Wednesday, when visibility was about 3/4 of a mile. By 7:30 p.m., K-156 was snow packed and traffic was almost at a standstill, according to one observer for the BCSO. By 9:45 p.m., bridges and other roads were covered with snow and slick.
K-96 had close to white-out conditions at 8:18 p.m., and most roads were covered by 11 p.m.,
NWS Meteorologist Marc Russell at Dodge City said Barton County is not expected to see more snow in the immediate future. “It’s going to be foggy the next two mornings (today and Saturday),” he said, “with lots of clouds.” Possible precipitation tonight may stay south of the area. Expect the temperature to be a little warmer today, with a high in the 40s.