As expected, a major winter storm has been causing all kinds of problems so far Tuesday -- and it's far from over, even though snow should end by late evening.
Gov. Sam Brownback declared a State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation for the entire state of Kansas on Tuesday. Nearly six inches of snow has fallen at the KVOE studios since around 4 am. Other snow totals:
Carbondale: 5 inches
Cottonwood Falls: 6 inches
Eureka: 4.5 inches
Lyndon: 6.1 inches
Osage City area: 5.3 inches
Visibilities have dropped to a quarter-mile or less as heavier snow bands have moved through, and WIBW-TV meteorologist Doug Meyers says conditions will deteriorate as the evening progresses.
Sheriff Jeff Cope is cautioning against any false sense of security when the snow ends this evening.
Slick conditions weren't reserved for just drivers. At least 10 people went to the Newman Regional Health emergency room after slipping to the ground. A rather wide variety of injuries were noted, ranging from muscle pulls to broken bones to possible concussions. A number of spots were still slick after a mix of freezing rain and sleet Friday and early Saturday, and the dry snowfall did pedestrians no favors Tuesday.
City and county crews are out treating roads, but winds up to 25 mph started causing drifting issues in rural Lyon County well before noon. County Engineer Chip Woods says it's getting harder and harder to keep county roads clear.
The snowstorm -- and ensuing closings -- has led people to stock up on necessary items ahead of time, and even some today. Nancy Garcia at Country Mart North says they're all out of ice melt, but still have the necessary food items.
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11:30 am: Visibilities drop as snow flies
Visibilities have dropped to a quarter-mile or less as heavier snow bands have moved through. Police Chief Scott Cronk is urging residents to avoid driving if at all possible.
City and county crews are out treating, but winds up to 25 mph are already causing some drifting issues in rural Lyon County. Emergency Management Coordinator Rick Frevert says it will be tough to keep county roads open.
Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Beck reminded area residents to keep fire safety in mind.
KVOE News reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.