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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Snow day!

  • School was canceled and roads were covered in snow Tuesday as a winter storm moved into Dodge City.

    As of 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported 5.1 inches of snow in Dodge City. Governor Sam Brownback declared a State of Disaster Emergency for the whole state, authorizing state resources to assist local communities as needed.
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  • School was canceled and roads were covered in snow Tuesday as a winter storm moved into Dodge City. As of 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported 5.1 inches of snow in Dodge City. Governor Sam Brownback declared a State of Disaster Emergency for the whole state, authorizing state resources to assist local communities as needed. The storm was partly caused by an upper-level low that dug into the southwest portion of the U.S. A surge of cold arctic air came in Tuesday night, bringing especially cold temperatures for today and Thursday. Next week should lean toward the colder side, with warmer temperatures arising during the second half of the month. The precipitation began as a fairly wet snow, becoming drier in the afternoon. By the afternoon the snow began to taper off and gradually disappeared. Dry air evaporated some of the snow before it hit the ground, but NWS Meteorologist Ruthi said that the atmosphere was fairly well-saturated. The snow accumulated somewhat less in Dodge City than in other areas of the county and the surrounding area. By the time 4.5 inches of snow were reported in Dodge City, six inches were reported south of Minneola, with five inches in eastern Seward County and six inches in Mullinville. The heaviest amount of snowfall hit Topeka, with about a foot of snow accumulating. While Dodge has seen its share of snow this winter, including a significant snowfall that took place on Dec. 21, this is the most widespread that has been seen so far this season. Compared with previous winters, this season should produce an average or above average amount of snow. The average amount of snowfall in Dodge City is 19.5 inches and seasonal accumulation as of today is just over 20 inches. On the higher end, the winter of 1992 to 1993 saw 32.5 inches of snow in Dodge City. “We're not anywhere close to a record but we're in the upper quartile of the snowiest winters,” Ruthi said. Additional snow accumulation is expected through the week, with an inch expected Wednesday night into Thursday and an inch or two expected Friday night into Saturday.
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