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Wind chill advisory reissued as residents dig out from heavy snow

Cleanup continues after anywhere from five to 16 inches of snow fell across Lyon and surrounding counties Tuesday.

Lyon County roads have drifted shut from time to time, especially the east-west roads. County Engineer Chip Woods says the past 48 hours have been rough on his crews.

City crews and contractors have been out cleaning the main thoroughfares across town. Those have been bladed several times, but numerous slick spots remain. Lyon County Emergency Management Coordinator Rick Frevert, a guest on Wednesday's 7:05 am newscast, is reminding people to take it slow and easy until things melt.

Wreck near 12th and Prairie hurts one person

There were no injury accidents across the area Tuesday, but there was one on 12th near Prairie on Wednesday.

Emporia firefighters say an eastbound pickup and westbound SUV collided after the SUV skidded on a slick spot and then spun out. One person in the pickup was hospitalized, but four other people did not need treatment.

Names have not been released and the investigation continues.

Disaster declaration leads to local National Guard presence; area towns continue cleanup

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a state of disaster emergency, at least opening the door for federal aid should certain criteria be met. A small detachment of the Kansas National Guard came to Emporia to assist if needed, but it wasn't -- so operations closed down by 3 pm Wednesday.

Allen had the highest total in KVOE's core listening area at 13 inches, but Mayor Charles Eastman says cleanup went well despite the drifting.

As far as what's to come? TV-13 meteorologist Drew Switzer says you can expect cold weather with some light snowfall into mid-February.

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Noon: Impressive snow totals noted

Cold, blustery conditions Wednesday have followed yesterday's Tuesday's heavy snowfalls across the KVOE listening area.

Here in Emporia, we received between 6.8 and 8 inches of snow from the major winter storm. Other totals:

Emporia: 6.8 inches
Allen: 13 inches. Drifts to 3 or 4 feet.
Alta Vista: 12.6 inches
Burlington: 5 inches
Carbondale: 5 inches
Cottonwood Falls: 6 inches
Eskridge: 16 inches
Eureka: 4.5 inches
Florence: 9 inches
Gridley: 7.1 inches
Hillsboro: 9 inches
Latimer area: 10.5 inches 
Lyndon: 11.1 inches
Madison: 6 inches
Olivet area: 10 inches
Olpe: 7 inches
Osage City: 12.5 inches
Peabody: 9 inches
Quenemo: 7.5 inches
Strong City: 9 inches (est.)
Waverly: 6 to 8 inches
White City: 8 inches

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a state of disaster emergency, at least opening the door for federal aid should certain criteria be met. Lyon County Emergency Management Coordinator Rick Frevert, a guest on KVOE's 7:05 am newscast Wednesday, said there is a chance we could see federal reimbursement. The chances, though, aren't good.

 

As part of the governor's announcement, the Kansas National Guard is deploying nine teams of two Humvees and five soldiers to help with transporting emergency and medical personnel and help stranded drivers. Kansas Adjutant General Department spokesman Sharon Watson joined KVOE's 9:05 am newscast Wednesday. She says the original thought was to have the Guard on standby, but so far they haven't been needed.

Guard operations should wind down by 3 pm Wednesday.

City and county crews are still pushing snow. Lyon County Engineer Chip Woods says it has been a battle to keep the roads open.

City crews and contractors have been out cleaning the main thoroughfares across town. Those have been bladed several times, but numerous slick spots remain.

Area towns are also hard at work cleaning things up. Waverly Mayor Craig Meader says his staffers cleared most of the streets overnight with help from KDOT.

 

In Strong City, Mayor Mike Cahoone says cleanup is going well, thanks to town crews and KDOT workers. The main concern is where to put all the snow -- especially with one dump truck available.

5 am: Area residents start digging out

The snow is over, but gusty winds and biting cold have now settled across Kansas as the aftereffects of a major winter storm dumped a lot of snow across the KVOE listening area.

Here at the KVOE studios, we received just under 8 inches of snow and drifts are approaching two feet. Other totals:

Emporia: 6.8 inches
Allen:
13 inches. Drifts as high as 4 feet.
Burlington:
5 inches
Carbondale: 5 inches
Cottonwood Falls: 6 inches
Eureka: 4.5 inches
Lyndon: 6.1 inches
Madison: 6 inches
Osage City area: 5.3 inches
Quenemo: 7.5 inches

Hazardous conditions develop early in event

The snow caused hazardous travel all day Tuesday and all morning so far Wednesday, especially with near-whiteout conditions periodically. No injury accidents have been reported across the area since the snow began, but a semi jackknifed on U.S. Highway 50 outside Strong City and wound up in a ditch Tuesday afternoon.

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. Injuries ranged from muscle pulls to broken bones and possible concussions.

Lyon County crews have been working hard, trying to stay ahead of the snow and the wind. Assistant County Engineer Jim Brull says the east-west roads are having the most issues so far.

City crews have also been hard at work, according to Street Supervisor Mike Dvorak. They have also had some extra help from contractors.

A lot of snowblowers and shovels were used Tuesday, and they will likely get used again Wednesday. ESU Health Promotions professor Dr. Jennifer Thomas says the risk of heart attack is proven to climb when the snow's on the ground.

Power outage affects southeast Lyon County, west Coffey County

On top of that, about 1,300 area residents had to shiver through the cold for about two hours as the power went out in southeast Lyon County and western Coffey County.

Westar spokesman Shane Batchelder says equipment failure at the Lebo substation triggered the outage, which affected Hartford, Neosho Rapids and rural Lebo from about 10:45 pm to a little after 1 am.

State of disaster emergency declared

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a state of disaster emergency, at least opening the door for federal aid should certain criteria be met.

The Kansas National Guard is deploying nine teams of two Humvees and five soldiers to help with transporting emergency and medical personnel and help stranded drivers. One of those teams will be based in Emporia through at least 10 am Wednesday.

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