Spring officially began this week, though one could be forgiven for not knowing.
Snow and rain fell on Thursday and Friday in Leavenworth County and forecasters a the National Weather Service's Pleasant Hill, Mo., office were calling for more on Saturday. Rain and freezing rain is scheduled for most of Saturday, turning to snow that evening and eventually bringing 6 to 10 inches to the area. The heaviest snowfall was predicted along the Interstate 70 corridor.
The county, along with much the region, was under a Winter Storm Watch as of Friday afternoon that was scheduled to last through Sunday evening. Kansas Emergency Management officials issues statements Friday urging residents to be cautious.
“Be prepared by re-checking your home and auto emergency kits,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “Replenish any supplies you may have used because of earlier storms. Although the overall effects of this storm may not be as severe as the one that hit us in February, we are urging everyone to be prepared in case of power outages and to use caution when traveling. Check your local forecast for conditions in your area and along any travel routes.”
Officials from the Kansas Department of Transportation were warning of slushy roads here and snow and ice packed roads to the northwest. Crews were already out and treating Kansas highway on Friday morning to prepare for the snowfall.