Lyon County road crews out with light snow continuing

Wintry weather continues across the KVOE listening area and much of Kansas.

A potent winter storm is bringing snow and sleet to the area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Whitmore tells KVOE News there are two main pieces of energy associated with this system, with the first one dumping moderate snow along the Interstate 70 corridor and light snow further south in our area into early Sunday.

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Winter storm warnings continue until midnight Monday morning for Lyon, Coffey, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties. Chase County is in a warning from 6 pm Saturday to 6 pm Sunday. Greenwood County, meanwhile, was originally in the Chase County warning but the National Weather Service lengthened the warning to start at 4 pm Saturday and end at midnight Monday morning.

Lyon County road crews started treating and blading roads by mid-evening Saturday, while Emporia crews have been on standby. A couple slideoffs were reported after 8 pm outside Emporia. All the area's major highways were at least partly snowpacked by 9 pm.

Travel will be hazardous across most of Kansas this weekend with slick conditions and blowing and drifting expected.

A lot of people started stocking up before Saturday, but others decided to wait to get last-minute supplies. Mark Shook of Waters True Value says winter weather often triggers panic buying.

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Bruce Burenheide of Bluestem Farm and Ranch says late-winter storms can be tricky to stock up for, but his store has enough on hand if people need to buy something at the last minute.

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Besides the wintry mix of precipitation, temperatures will also be quite cold. Saturday afternoon highs in the low to mid-20s will be accompanied by northerly winds as high as 25 mph, driving wind chills down into the single digits and low teens. Air temperatures dip to 3 above with wind chills under 10 below. Sunday will actually be more uncomfortable, with air temperatures struggling to the upper single digits and wind chills under 20 below. Sunday night's low temperature could be -5 with wind chills staying under -20.

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