UPDATE: Emporia receives heaviest snowfall in over three years Featured

Snowfall reduced visibility on Interstate 35 near west Emporia shortly after noon. Snowfall reduced visibility on Interstate 35 near west Emporia shortly after noon. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

What was originally supposed to be around an inch of a rain-snow mix turned out to be four inches -- or more - of heavy, wet snow Thursday.


Snowfall began shortly before noon in Emporia and continued until around 8 pm. It's the heaviest snowfall in town since March 2015, when the city had around three inches of snow.

Other totals:

*Ninth and Lawrence: 4 inches
*Allen: 4.5 inches
*Americus: 5.5 inches
*Bushong: 4.5 to 6 inches
*Road 190 and P-5: 3 inches
*Six miles north of Emporia: 4.5 inches

For the most part, Emporia streets stayed wet through at least mid-evening. Both city and Lyon County crews began treating bridges and other elevated surfaces by mid-afternoon and kept treating as surface temperatures dipped below freezing shortly before sunset. Crashes were minimal across the area, although the Kansas Turnpike reported five weather-related crashes in Lyon, Chase and Osage counties. No injuries were reported with any of the crashes.

At the onset of the event, visibility also became a concern as moderate snow and a low cloud deck reduced visibility to between a quarter-mile and half-mile, especially just west of Emporia.

With this system now clear of the area, another similar system may affect the Flint Hills to finish off the weekend. A rain-snow mix is currently possible for Sunday night into Monday.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. Submit your snow photos by messaging the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

2:30 pm Thursday: Crews spot-treating Lyon County highways, bridges as snow continues

Light to moderate snow and low visibility have made travel hazardous for drivers across the Flint Hills.

Snow began falling shortly before noon in Emporia. Visibility quickly dipped to a half-mile or less in some spots and stayed relatively low for much of the afternoon. The National Weather Service expects reduced visibility into the evening time period, especially affecting areas like US Highway 50 and Kansas Highway 177 to the west of Emporia.

Road crews at the city, county and state level are gauging the road conditions at this time. Assistant Lyon County Engineer Jim Brull says crews have been spot-treating bridges and the Americus Road S-curves, among other spots across the county. City crews are doing likewise for all city bridges where there have been reports of snow beginning to stick.  Brull is expecting a more widespread effort to keep roads clear after sunset.


 

With temperatures expected to dip to the mid- and upper 20s, there could be widespread slick spots across the area Thursday evening into early Friday.

Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties are in a winter weather advisory until 9 pm. Up to four inches of snow are now expected after original projections of an inch or two.

Chase County, meanwhile, is in an advisory now until 6 pm. Up to 4 inches of snow are possible Thursday.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.

8:45 am Thursday: Winter weather advisories up almost areawide with 1-3 inches of snow, wintry mix also likely

Light snowfall is expected -- along with some rain -- with a winter storm affecting the area Thursday.

Winter weather advisories are now posted for most of the KVOE listening area, including Lyon County. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers expects rain and snow at times all day, although light accumulations may hold off until after sunset. He's urging drivers to take extra care because, well, it's been a while since we had to practice winter driving methods.

The Coffey County Sheriff's Office remains at the scene of an overturned semi at the Interstate 35 Lebo exit Thursday morning. Currently, there is no word of any injuries. Northbound traffic is still down to one lane around the crash site. It's unclear if the crash is weather-related.

Osage County deputies are investigating a rollover crash on US Highway 56 between Scranton and Santa Fe Trail High School. Two people, a driver and passenger, were hurt and taken to a Topeka hospital for care and treatment. Traffic has been reduced to one lane as the crash investigation continues at this time. Deputies say driving conditions were dry when the crash happened.

City, county and KDOT crews are poised to begin treating or clearing roads if needed.

5 am Thursday: Forecast of light snow triggers winter weather advisory postings

Winter weather advisories now cover most of the KVOE listening area with a rain-snow mix possible for much of the day.


Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties are in an advisory from 9 am to 9 pm. Up to two inches of snow are expected.

Chase County, meanwhile, is in an advisory now until 6 pm. One to three inches of snow are possible Thursday.

The current forecast has periods of snow and a rain-snow mix during the daylight hours, but snow accumulations should be minimal at best until we get past sunset. Travel could be slick areawide all day, so please use caution while out on roads.

We'll keep you updated on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media.

Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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