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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
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  • Power outages were reported Tuesday as a result of another strong winter storm that dumped an additional 10 inches of snow in some areas of Leavenworth County, officials said.
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  • Power outages were reported Tuesday as a result of another strong winter storm that dumped an additional 10 inches of snow in some areas of Leavenworth County, officials said.
    Nearly 2,000 Westar Energy customers were without power Tuesday morning in Leavenworth County, according to Erin La Row, spokeswoman for the power company.
    By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the number had been reduced to 270, according to Westar Energy’s website.
    “We do have crews there working,” La Row said.
    She said Tuesday afternoon that it could take until midnight for power to be restored to everyone.
    Joe Heinen, assistant manager for Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative, said 1,675 of his organization’s customers in Leavenworth County lost power due to the storm. Power had been restored to all of them Tuesday afternoon.
    Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said Leavenworth Fire Department’s headquarters on 20th Street as well as fire stations in Basehor and Tonganoxie were established as warming centers for people who were without power.
    “They can go there and warm up,” he said.
    Magaha said the storm that reached the area Monday evening had dumped 10.5 inches of snow south of Basehor by Tuesday afternoon. In Easton, 8 inches of snow had fallen. He said the city of Leavenworth had 9.5 inches of snow.
    And there was a chance for additional snow beginning during the evening hours Tuesday. Pamela Murray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said the area could see a few more inches of snow.
    Area schools were closed Tuesday as a result of the storm.
    Leavenworth and Lansing city offices as well as county offices were closed and the local governments declared snow emergencies.
    A Leavenworth City Commission meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday evening was canceled.
    Magaha said “things are as good as can be expected” Tuesday afternoon. He said main thoroughfare roadways in the county were slushy and snow-packed in areas.
    “The side roads are horrendous,” he said.
    He said crews couldn’t keep up with clearing blowing snow.
    The Kansas Highway Patrol reportedly worked two fatality accidents during the storm, but neither accident occurred in Leavenworth County.
    Sheriff Andy Dedeke said, as of Tuesday afternoon, no serious accidents had been reported on county roads.
    “I think most people are staying home,” he said.
    After this round of snow is over, residents probably won’t have to worry too much about snow through the rest of the week. But one weather model shows a slight chance of snow showers Sunday night into Monday, according to Murray.
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