Heavy snow only part of picture with incoming winter storm

Predictions are still on track for a major winter storm bearing down on Kansas through early Wednesday.

Current projections have Emporia and most area locations receiving as much as 10 inches of snow before this winter blast moves away.

WIBW-TV meteorologist Jeremy Goodwin outlines the situation:

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That would be the most area listeners have received since late February 2013, when a winter storm dumped up to 10 inches of snow.

A winter storm warning begins at midnight and continues until 6 am Wednesday. Not only is the heavy snow a concern, but so are icy roads and blizzard conditions as the storm progresses. Winds as high as 25 to 35 mph will create near-whiteout conditions by late Tuesday afternoon -- a major concern for Lyon County Engineer Chip Woods, who is already warning residents to stay off the roads Tuesday.

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The blustery conditions will also lead to a notable wind chill factor. Wind chills could approach -10 Tuesday night and could dip near -20 Wednesday night.

Lyon County Emergency Management Coordinator Rick Frevert says the county's Emergency Operations Center has opened to help coordinate the city-county response to the incoming storm. City leaders are also planning an update meeting at 8:30 am Tuesday to make late adjustments as needed.

KVOE will interview Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope during the 7:05 am newscast Tuesday, with Frevert updating the weather situation during the 8:05 am newscast.

Police Sgt. Kevin Risley says residents should prepare now and avoid traveling Tuesday if possible.

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Area residents have been heeding warnings to stock up, heading to local grocery stores and hardware stores for supplies.

Residents don't have much down time this week. Another winter storm, the third affecting eastern Kansas in a week, gives KVOE listeners a chance of snow Thursday through at least Saturday. The highest percentage of snowfall is setting up for Saturday. Snow projections have not been released.

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KVOE News anchor/reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.

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