Snow coated a large section of the Sunflower State on Friday as Old Man Winter elbowed his way into the Kansas autumn for a brief visit.
Even Wichita recorded a trace of snow on a wet, cold, dreary day – though it wasn’t enough to qualify as the earliest measurable snow in the city’s history.
As much as 6 inches fell in northwest Kansas, with 5 inches reported near Goodland and more than 3 inches in eastern Hodgeman and western Pawnee counties. Great Bend reported more than 2 inches.
“Where it snowed harder, it got slushy and messy on the road,” said Marc Russell, a meteorologist with the Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service, where about 2 inches fell. “Most of it’s melted really fast.”
Portions of I-70 were snow-covered in the morning but had soon cleared, in part because the ground is still warm.
Highway crews were using snow blades to clear snow and slush from stretches of K-96, Russell said.
The earliest measurable snow in Wichita fell on Oct. 22, 1996. That record will not be threatened because warmer temperatures are forecast to return this weekend and continue through at least the end of next week.