Winter storm rushes through MO, leaving trail of ice and snow

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
A stand of trees along Missouri Highway 23 south of Concordia look as if they would be better suited for the Cascade Mountains after a fast moving weather system packing strong winds and heavy snow passed through the area on Sunday.
(Bob Stewart/The Concordian)

A fast-moving winter storm blanketed much of Missouri with snow on Sunday, Nov. 25, grounding hundreds of flights and forcing the closure of parts of major highways on one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the National Weather Service, much of the central plains and Great Lakes region were under blizzard or winter storm warnings for the weekend. According to National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Gary Beissenherz, the Concordia area received 5 inches of snow on top of a layer of sleet and ice.
“Rain started about 10:30 a.m. (Sunday) and turned to snow about 1:30 p.m.,” Beissenherz said. “Some sleet fell before the snow. This was the most total snow in the month of November since before 1959, according to National Weather Service Records for Concordia.”
Beissenherz reported the 5 inches of snow Concordia received Sunday translated to 0.64 inches of precipitation. November totals for snowfall and precipitation, thus far, are 9.5 inches and 2.11 inches, respectively. Total snowfall so far for 2018 sits at 14.7 inches, he said.
Concordia City Street Superintendent Alan Riesterer said city crews got busy clearing the city’s 20-plus miles of streets around late Sunday afternoon.
“We started around 4 p.m. and stopped at midnight,” Riesterer said. “And we started up again at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. We also do the lake road south of town. We had everything salted and sanded by mid-afternoon Monday. Things look to be in good shape.”
Due to the blizzard-like, windy and icy weather on Sunday, several power outages were reported in the area. Outages were reported in Concordia, Marshall, Sweet Springs, Blackburn, Carrollton, and other locations. According to the KCP&L website, most of the power had been restored to its customers by early Monday morning.
Between four and six inches of snow had been predicted for the Kansas City area. After the storm passed, some areas of the Kansas City metro area reported up to eight inches of snow. The weather service posted some snowfall totals on Sunday night, reporting that Kansas City International Airport officially received 5.3 inches of snow during the storm. Areas to the east of Kansas City appear to have received less snow than the metro region, but sustained winds of 30 miles per hour - with gusts up to 40 and 45 miles per hour – made travel difficult throughout the region.
Interstate 70 was closed from Topeka, Kan., to the Colorado border at one point during the storm. Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol advised travellers in Missouri to stay off the roads, noting that I-70 west of Columbia was almost impassable from late in the afternoon into the night on Sunday.

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