Accidents pile up during Wichita’s first winter storm of the season

12/22/2013 3:17 PM

12/22/2013 10:06 PM

Emergency personnel worked about 130 accidents in a roughly 24-hour period starting Saturday afternoon as Wichitans adjusted to snow-packed roads.

A Sedgwick County 911 dispatch supervisor estimated there were that many accidents between roughly 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Snowfall at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport totaled 3.2 inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Cook.

The emergency accident reporting plan was in effect for a while but had been canceled by Sunday, Wichita Police Department Sgt. Scott Brunow said.

Other parts of the state saw much more snow. The storm dumped as much as 13.5 inches in Great Bend, Cook said.

“There was a swath of a foot of snow that went from there up to Salina,” he said. “There was a whole bunch of ice across central Kansas and into southeast Kansas.”

Cook estimated an overnight low of 3 degrees Sunday night in the Wichita area and said the high Monday would be in the high teens to 20. Lows Monday night will be about 4 degrees, he said.

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