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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leavenworth a storm 'hot spot'

  • It looks like Leavenworth may have been one of the "hot spots" for a snowstorm that passed through northeast Kansas Tuesday.
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  • It looks like Leavenworth may have been one of the "hot spots" for a snowstorm that passed through northeast Kansas Tuesday.
    That's according to Dan Hawblitzel, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
    By 3 p.m. Tuesday, five to six inches of snow had fallen in the Leavenworth area. He said an additional four to five inches was expected through the evening.
    Hawblitzel said any snow that falls this morning should be light. He said the bigger issue this morning likely will be blowing and drifting snow.
    And today is expected to be much colder.
    He said temperatures this morning are expected to be around 8 degrees.
    "It's not going to go anywhere," he said of the day's high temperature.
    Tonight, temperatures will drop to around 8 degrees below zero. Hawblitzel said the wind chill could be as low 21 degrees below zero.
    The temperature is not expected to rise above 20 degrees until Saturday, he said.
    Hawblitzel said there could be light snow Friday and Saturday, but it wouldn't be anything like what residents saw Tuesday.
    In Leavenworth, road crews were concentrating on clearing snow from the city's major streets Tuesday afternoon including emergency snow routes, City Manager Scott Miller said.
    "Cars are getting by pretty well," Miller said.
    He said many Leavenworth residents were smart Tuesday by staying home and off roadways. He said this helped with the city's efforts to clear snow from streets.
    Miller said city road crews were working 12-hour shifts Tuesday.
    City officials planned to bring in contractors Tuesday night to clear residential streets.

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