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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth recovers from Tuesday's 10 inches

  • Local residents were digging out vehicles and clearing sidewalks and driveways Wednesday, a day after a storm dropped 10 inches of snow.
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    • Winter weather watch:
      There is a 30-40 percent chance of additional snow Friday and Saturday, but it's unlikely to reach Tuesday's level. National Weather Service meteorologist Spencer Mell said snowfall sho...
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      Winter weather watch:
      There is a 30-40 percent chance of additional snow Friday and Saturday, but it's unlikely to reach Tuesday's level. National Weather Service meteorologist Spencer Mell said snowfall should be light with an accumulation of no more than an inch.
  • Local residents were digging out vehicles and clearing sidewalks and driveways Wednesday, a day after a storm dropped 10 inches of snow.
    Schools in the area were closed for a second day. Many local government offices reopened Wednesday, but Leavenworth County offices were closed.
    Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said 10 inches of snow fell during Tuesday's storm in the city of Leavenworth. He said that amount of snowfall was common across the county.
    Magaha said the Lowemont area northwest of Leavenworth had about 11.5 inches.
    He said the biggest problem people faced Wednesday morning was blowing snow. He said the wind, which was blowing from the north, caused snow to once again cover some roadways.
    In Lansing, City Administrator Mike Smith said the city generally requires property owners to clear sidewalks within 48 hours of a snowfall. But, given the amount that fell Tuesday, the deadline has been extended.
    Homeowners and business owners in Lansing now have until Saturday to clear sidewalks.
    Local law enforcement officials reported few traffic incidents during Tuesday's storm.
    "People heeded the warnings," Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said.
    Leavenworth County Sheriff Andy Dedeke said there were a couple of vehicles that slid off roadways in the county. One of these vehicles was a unit from the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.
    During the storm, sheriff's deputies began monitoring designated locations instead of conducting normal patrols. Officers continued to respond to calls as they came in, Dedeke said.
    "They were able to get where they needed to be," he said.
    Magaha said county public works personnel helped clear streets for emergency personnel. There was one incident in which a fire truck was used to bring an accident victim to an awaiting ambulance.
    Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said officers utilized the Leavenworth Police Department's four sport utility vehicles to get around the city during the snow storm.
    Temperatures were significantly lower Wednesday.
    During the colder weather, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said the Leavenworth Fire Department has been using two sport utility vehicles to respond to medical calls.
    "We have medical equipment on each of them," he said.
    He said the SUVs, which normally are used by administrative personnel, also have been equipped with meters that can be used on carbon monoxide calls.
    Nietzke said the increased reliance on SUVs allows the Fire Department to keep its larger trucks inside stations. He said the water carried in the trucks' tank and pump systems can freeze when temperatures are as cold as they were Wednesday.
    He said the Leavenworth Fire Department probably will continue this practice for a couple of days as colder weather continues.
    Page 2 of 2 - Leavenworth County is under a wind chill advisory through noon Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
    Spencer Mell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Mo., said there is a 30-40 percent chance of more snow Friday and Saturday.
    "Anything that does fall is going to be light," he said.
    He said snow accumulation shouldn't total more than an inch.
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