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Heavy Rain and Flooding Concerns From the Southwest to the Upper Midwest; Heat Continues to Build in the East

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon in the Four Corners region and northern High Plains through the Upper Midwest. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall that will likely lead to scattered instances of flash and urban flooding. Meanwhile, the ongoing dangerous heat wave will peak across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic through the weekend. Read More >

A slow moving storm system brought a long duration of freezing rain to portions of North Central, Northeast, and East Central Kansas. The event began late Monday afternoon and continued into the afternoon hours on Tuesday.  Liquid precipitation amounts ranged from one to three inches over the area. With surface temperatures at or below freezing, combined with a warm layer of air just above the surface, the precipiation fell in the form of freezing rain. Ice accumulated on many surfaces, especially trees and power lines. The most supportive conditions for freezing rain were found in a fairly narrow swath over portions of North Central and Northeast Kansas, where one inch of ice was reported in numerous locations. This led to widespread power outages and trees down. Winds increased to 10 to 15 mph in the overnight hours Tuesday night, causing additional problems as the increased stress from the wind caused further tree and power line damage.


Many schools and businesses were closed across the region due to travel problems as well as widespread power outages. 


Photos From Topeka, Kansas

Photos From Corning, Kansas (Nemaha County)

Power Lines in Corning Windmill and Tree in Ice Trees and Power Lines in Ice

Photos from Manhattan (Courtesy KSU)

Snow Depth Manhattan Manhattan Damage