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Blizzard Warning issued for Johnson County

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Johnson County, in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2. According to the NWS, freezing drizzle is expected to continue over the area throughout the evening with snow beginning in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Heavy snow between 10-14 inches is expected to accumulate through Wednesday morning.

In addition to the heavy snowfall, high winds between 25 and 40 mph are predicted on Wednesday morning, causing large snowdrifts and whiteout conditions.

The NWS discourages citizens from traveling if possible and encourages drivers to carry an emergency, survival kit in the vehicle if travel is necessary. Stranded drivers should remain in their vehicles and call *47 if stranded on a state-maintained roadway.


One inclement weather date remains in USD 232 calendar

The De Soto USD 232 school district has one remaining inclement weather day built into the current calendar, a date that is likely to be used this week. "The district plans each school year calendar to include four inclement weather days, which has historically been sufficient," said district Director of Administrative Services Alvie Cater in a press release sent out Monday morning. "In contrast, the district did not use any snow days in the 2008-09 school year and decided to end school a few days early in May," the release went on to say.

While classes have yet to be canceled for Tuesday, Feb. 1, Cater says the odds of taking the fourth day are high.

"This storm is likely to be very severe, I believe the National Weather Service used the word 'crippling'," he said.

The decision on Tuesday's classes will be made after district Superintendent Doug Sumner participates in a conference call with the other Johnson County and Kansas City, Kan. superintendents this evening at 8 p.m.

"The Johnson County schools try to close together so the call tonight will give [the superintendents] the opportunity to discuss current conditions in their areas and to make a decision," Cater said.

If the district chooses to use the fourth inclement weather day this week, there is a scheduled date off, Monday, April 25, that can be used. Any inclement weather dates required beyond a fifth date would have to be added to the end of the school calendar, extending the school year.

"Our current calendar has the school year ending on Thursday, May 26" Cater said. "If we need to take a sixth day off we would most likely push that date to Friday, May 27. Any days beyond that would likely mean extending the school year past Memorial Day."

The an extension to the school year would need to be presented to the Board of Education for approval.


NWCFD calling in extra staff in preparation for storm

The Northwest Consolidated Fire District has called in extra shifts of emergency responders for early Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon, according to Operations Chief Mark Billquist. "The National Weather Service is predicting our area to receive 10-14 inches of snow so we're preparing for the worst," Billquist said.

In addition to calling extra shifts in, workers are also being asked to work extra hours at the station instead of returning home.

"Because the storm is supposed to be very heavy, with two to three inches falling per hour at the heaviest, we doubt our volunteers would be able to respond from home so we're doing all we can to be able to respond from the stations," Billquist said.

Billquist urges citizens to prepare for the worst, stocking up on food and other emergency supplies and preparing generators if possible.

"I don't think the roads will be passable so people really should be prepared to stay home," he said.


Street crews buckling down in advance of storm

The De Soto Street Department is pre-treating problem areas and major thoroughfares in preparation for the winter storm expected to hit the area Monday evening. "We've seen a few slick spots already that have needed treatment," said city Street Department Superintendent Ron Creason. "Our crews have been out this morning salting those places, as well as places that ice early, like hills and bridges."

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Johnson County and most of northeastern Kansas in effect until 6 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2. The storm has the potential to drop seven-ten inches of snow in our area with the heaviest snowfall beginning late Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"Right now we're really just keeping an eye on the weather forecast," Creason said. "Our crews will start heavy patrolling tonight and will split into two 12-hour shifts in the early-morning hours."

This will be the third time crews have operated on 12-hour shifts this month. Despite multiple storms, the department's supplies and equipment are in good shape.

"We're holding up really well all things considered," Creason said. "Because the last storm was mostly dry snow, not ice, we haven't really had to dip into our salt supplies and we haven't had any equipment issues."


Afternoon kindergarten canceled due to impending weather

Afternoon kindergarten and early education classes at Starside Elementary for Wednesday, Jan. 19, have been canceled due to impending inclement weather. Starside's evening Sparkle activities have been canceled as well. Snow is expected to begin falling around lunch time, but the heaviest snow, with accumulation as fast as 1" per hour, is expected between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight. The snow isn't forecast to stop until Thursday morning, meaning snow days are a definite possibility.


NWS issues winter storm watch for Johnson County effective through Wednesday night

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Johnson County effective Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. A potent, fast-moving storm will bring moderate to heavy snowfall to multiple counties in northeast Kansas Wednesday. Expect 5-7 inches of accumulation, with snow falling at a rate of one inch per hour beginning Wednesday afternoon.


Johnson County under wind advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Johnson County and most of eastern Kansas, in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Sustained winds of at least 30 mph and gusts of 45 mph. The NWS advises drivers to be cautious, especially those of high-profile vehicles, and to secure any loose outdoor items, such as trash bins and lawn furniture.


NWS issues winter weather advisory for Johnson County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of northeast Kansas, including Johnson County.

The advisory is in effect from midnight Thursday until 3 p.m. Friday.

Snow and freezing rain will develop beginning late Thursday night and continue through much of Friday. Most locations will only receive snow, but light freezing rain and brief periods of sleet are possible for locations along and southeast of the Kansas Turnpike.

Falling snow will lead to slippery road conditions by mid-morning Friday, especially on untreated roads.

Total snow accumulations are expected to be one to three inches.


NWS predicting up to an inch of snow for weekend

There's still time for 2010 to have a white Christmas and according to the National Weather Service, it's likely to happen. Precipitation could begin falling on the area tonight, after midnight. According to the NWS, this would be in the form of light snow flurries and sleet, with a total accumulation of less than a half inch.

The real potential for a white Christmas will come with a winter storm after sunrise on Friday, Dec. 24. This storm has the potential to leave De Soto with up to an inch of snow.

Those traveling for the holiday are encouraged to watch the forecast, according to the NWS, as conditions could change in the next 24 hours. Road conditions can be viewed online on the Kansas Department of Transportation's website and on mobile devices at


Freeze warning in effect until Friday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Johnson County, in effect until 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Temperatures late tonight into early Friday are expected to drop into the 32-29 degree-range, causing the first hard-freeze of the season. The NWS warns that any unprotected vegetation will likely be damaged or killed by the dropping temperatures.

Johnson County also remains at a higher risk for wildfire as winds remain high and relative humidity low through Thursday night.