Less than a week after a historic blizzard, Kansas is bracing for another. The storm, which brought strong winds to the Texas Panhandle, could leave more than a foot of snow.
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The central plains states that got walloped last Thursday with a foot or more of snow will get hit for the second time in less than a week late Monday as a new system from the Rocky Mountains travels across the Texas Panhandle on its way to the Northeast.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the storm will deliver seven to 15 inches of snow through central Oklahoma, central Kansas, and northwest Missouri – the same area that is just now getting back to normal following last week’s storm.
Jim Keeney, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says that it is “unusual” for two weather systems to follow the same pattern in such a short time.
Perhaps one welcome bit of news for many people living in those states is that the snow won't fall as fast as it did last week. The NWS reports that snow will fall at a rate of 0.5 to 1 inch an hour. Last week, snow was coming down at a rate of several inches per hour. This week's storm is expected to last 24 hours.
Snow will start to fall in Kansas City, Mo., at 6 p.m. Monday. The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed interstates in southwest Kansas that lead into the Oklahoma Panhandle. Citing slick roads and low visibility, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has shut down these same highways on the Oklahoma side until the storm passes. Nonessential patrol personnel have been told not to return to work until Wednesday.