Snowfall exceeds four inches

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times
Snow remains on the ground following a wintry storm Tuesday in the area of 17th and Ottawa streets.

As much as 4.5 inches of snow fell in Leavenworth County during Tuesday morning’s wintry storm.

But most of the snow had melted by the afternoon.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said snowfall in the county ranged between three and 4.5 inches.

Despite the snowfall totals, many hard surface roads in the community did not have much snow accumulation Tuesday morning.

Magaha said the surface temperatures of these paved streets were warm enough to prevent accumulation. He said most of the snow accumulation from Tuesday morning’s storm occurred on grassy and elevated surfaces.

While Tuesday’s snowstorm may seem uncommon for the month of April, Magaha said such storms are not unheard of.

“I know we’ve had snow in April before,” he said.

Vehicles parked Tuesday morning in a lot in downtown Leavenworth show signs of a snowstorm that passed through the area.

With partly sunny conditions after the storm, and afternoon temperatures reaching into the 40s, the snow quickly began to melt Tuesday.

While the snow may be over, colder temperatures are expected to linger in the area.

A freeze warning went into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday and is scheduled to end at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Subfreezing temperatures were expected during the overnight hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Magaha said temperatures could drop below freezing again  Wednesdnight.

“Then temperatures should start warming up,” he said.

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