• L&T staff report
Western Kansas is in line to see an extreme weather event beginning this Saturday and lasting until next Wednesday, according to a statement released by Seward County Emergency Management Director Greg Standard.
“Take action now,” he noted.
“Make sure vehicles are winterized, because low temperatures could reach sub-zero levels at night and daytime temps will be in the teens or single digits,” Standard continued.
“Prepare for difficult or impossible travel as visibility and road conditions may become extremely poor Sunday through Monday. Drifting snow is a real possibility, as are blizzard conditions at times.
“Food and fuel, as well as other necessities should be obtained by Saturday so that citizens may remain at home if the weather does indeed preclude travel.
“Livestock and pets outdoors will require special attention during this event, as well as property which may be damaged by low temperatures,” Standard added.
The following is from the National Weather Service in Dodge City:
A substantial Artic cold air event appears very likely now. There obviously remains a degree of uncertainty in just how severe this cold snap will be. The combination of bitter cold and strong winds may be to the degree that have not been seen across Southwest Kansas in quite some time.
Snow cover will also have a dramatic impact on temperatures. As it appears now, the one-two punch of accumulating snowfall plus Artic cold will commence sometime during the day Sunday. The event may even begin as some light freezing drizzle as early as the morning or midday Sunday.
Allow for a widespread area of 2 to 5-inches of snow across Southwest Kansas Sunday night into Monday. The upper envelope of possible snowfall would be 5 to 8-inches should the system be colder and slows down a bit more.