Finger on the Weather

Blizzard likely in northwest Kansas

Near Goodland, Kansas (Nov. 17, 2015)
Near Goodland, Kansas (Nov. 17, 2015) Courtesy of Robin Lorenson

Northwest Kansas is facing a second major winter storm in about a week, as a potent winter storm is expected to deliver more than a foot of snow in blizzard conditions Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is projecting 14 to 18 inches of snow in the northwest corner, including Goodland, and lesser amounts in tight bands southwest of there.

“It’s going to give us problems,” said Dave Floyd, warning coordination meteorologist for the Goodland branch of the National Weather Service.

Classes have already been called off for the day in the region. Authorities have closed I-70 west of Goodland due to whiteout conditions, and closures will expand east as the storm moves along.

Last week’s expected blizzard in northwest Kansas never quite materialized.

“The snow was so wet it just stuck to everything,” Floyd said.

But this snow is expected to be a bit drier and the winds – expected to top 45 miles an hour – will be stronger, creating an environment more conducive to a blizzard, he said.

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