We concluded a conference call a short bit ago with the NWS in Wichita. The winter storm is continuing to take a further south track and as such will put our area in more of the bull’s-eye for a heavy snow event.
Please see the current graphic attached that shows us squarely in the 8-14 inch snow total, with Butler County quite possibly seeing the upper end of that total. Perhaps most concerning is that this event has slowed down and the main brunt of the system will not be felt until during the daytime tomorrow, best estimate now is the 10am-5pm time frame.
Along with the heavy snow will be the winds which are now predicted to be sustained at 25-35 mph with gusts as high as 40. During the day on Monday we may see very heavy snow with the strong winds creating blizzard or virtual white out conditions. The snow will continue through Monday night and taper off by Tuesday Morning.
On Tuesday morning many roadways and streets may be severely impacted and we anticipate many rural roads will be impassable. Today is the day to make preparations for this storm (see attached press release) or for winter safety tips visit our web site at www.butlercoema.org .
If you are a decision maker for your company, school district, etc. please consider these factors when you make your decision as to the viability of having work, school, events etc. tomorrow. While the roadways may be only lightly affected on morning drive time the conditions during the day may render many roads impassable by afternoon. As always we encourage you to monitor the changing conditions by visiting the NWS-Wichita web site at www.crh.noaa.gov , local media outlets or the Weather Channel. We will continue to monitor the conditions and update you as the storm draws nearer.