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November 2015 Ice Storm

A potent storm system stalled across the Central Great Basin, causing an enlongated period of precipitation across the Central Plains.  This system began as rain before transitioning as cold air moved in from the north into ice, sleet and some snow.  Rain fell across the area bring upwards of 2-3 inches to eastern Kansas on Thanksgiving day (November 26th). The system transitioned into a winter storm with the cold surface temperatures causing freezing rain, sleet and snow from Thursday night through Sunday night across the area. This storm system brought heavy rain in addition to significant ice accumulations across eastern Kansas.  Periods of freezing drizzle and freezing rain were reported for consecutive days resulting in significant ice accumulations across central and south central Kansas.  The highest totals exceeded 3/4 inch across portions of Central Kansas.  

Damage to trees and powerlines occurred. This caused power outages in Hutchinson and other central Kansas counties. 





Goddard, KS. Photo courtesy City of Goddard, received from twitter.















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