Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Area Gears Up for Storm

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Area Gears Up for Storm

Article excerpt

Northeast Kansas residents hunkered down Friday to deal with an oncoming winter storm, which the National Weather Service predicted would bring the Topeka area about 6 inches of snow.

The wintry forecast precipitated a rash of closings, including Gov. Laura Kelly's shutting down state offices in Shawnee County and releasing non-essential state employees at noon — five hours earlier than usual.

Some power outages then occurred as the storm moved through, with Evergy reporting online at 5:45 p.m. that power was out at 1,193 homes and businesses in Pottawatomie County and 629 in Shawnee County.

The area remained under a winter storm warning issued Friday morning by the National Weather Service's Topeka office. The warning lasts from noon Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters indicated wintry precipitation was expected to fall throughout northeast Kansas.

Counties covered by the warning include Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, Riley, Brown, Nemaha, Geary, Dickinson, Morris and Lyon.

Forecasters said the storm would begin Friday by bringing rain, which would turn to ice and sleet during the afternoon and evening.

All precipitation would then transition to snow by

sunrise Saturday morning, with periods of moderate to heavy snow continuing through Saturday afternoon, the weather service said.

It indicated winds could gust as high as 40 mph, and blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

The weather service predicted snowfall totals of 2 inches for Manhattan and Emporia and 6 inches further north and east, including in Topeka.

"Uncertainty in the snow and ice totals remains in the forecast," the weather service said in a graphic shared Friday afternoon on Facebook.

Dangerous travel conditions would be likely from Friday afternoon through Saturday in northeast Kansas, the weather service added. …

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