Kansas residents are digging out today (FRI) from a winter storm that dumped anywhere from 7 to 14 inches of snow across much of the state. But which community got the most snowfall? Meteorologist John Woynick, with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, says the heaviest snowfall in northeast Kansas was in Shawnee County.
Woynick says there's no snow in the forecast for today (FRI) or tomorrow (SAT)... but eastern Kansas could get more snow by Sunday.
(AP) Topeka - After spending hours advising Kansans not to travel during the winter storm, state officials are now warning them to be cautious about clearing the snow. State Emergency Management Director and Major General Lee Tafanelli says the concern is that people will overexert themselves, have slip-and-fall accidents or suffer frostbite. Governor Sam Brownback told reporters during a teleconference yesterday (THUR) that it's easy for people think they can handle clearing away snow. But he says it may be better for them to ask for help or let the snow melt.
Meanwhile, officials say the Kansas National Guard sent out 12 teams in Humvees to patrol three state highways during the storm. The soldiers fanned-out to rescue stranded motorists. Eight teams were working on Interstate 70 from Salina to Colby, a stretch of nearly 200 miles. Officials also say about 30 people took shelter at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, and several other communities had shelters available.