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December 8th 2009 Snow Storm


The first winter storm of the season struck Northern Kansas on December 8th laying down a swath of 6 to 12 inches of snow. Further south over South Central and Southeast Kansas a mix of freezing drizzle, light snow and sleet caused travel difficulties, especially for the morning commute. The most unique aspect of this storm system was the prolonged nature of the snowfall. Snowfall first started during the evening of December 7th and lasted through the nighttime hours of December 8th. Therefore snow was reported across Central Kansas for more than 24 hours! As if the snow wasn't enough, strong northwest winds on the back side of this system caused blowing and drifting snow along with wind chills around -15 degrees.

The image below shows the snowfall totals from this storm

Noon Satellite Image on December 9th 2009

Southern Nebraska/Northern Kansas radar loop starting at 6am and ending at 8 am on December 8th

Infrared satellite combined with surface pressure from 1 pm on Dec. 8th

Infrared satellite combined with surface pressure from 6 pm on Dec. 8th