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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 >

 Below is a graphic that contains 48 hour snowfall totals from 7am Dec. 24th (Christmas Eve) through 7am Dec. 26th.  These reports come courtesy of trained storm spotters, cooperative observers, and the CoCoRaHS network of precipitation observers.  Thank you to all who have submitted reports. The daily temperature and precipitation totals table can be found HERE, and the Local Storm Reports HERE.  Locally higher amounts can be noted in all generally analyzed areas.

 Above: Map depicts reports of snowfall from across the area





Images from The Christmas 2009 Snow Storm

Lawrence Front Door Drift

Above:  19" snow drift up to the front door of a residence in Lawrence, KS on Christmas morning

Above:  Snow drifting over outdoor furniture in Lawrence, KS on Christmas morning


Topeka Roads snow covered

Above:  Snow covered roads, like this one in Topeka, made travel very difficult on Christmas morning for much of northeast Kansas.

Driveway in Lawrence

Above:  Lawrence, KS received nearly 10 inches of snow between December 24th and December 26th



 List of Spotter reports of Snowfall from across northeastern Kansas
(As of 7am December 26)



County Storm Total
Garnett Anderson 5.0
7 WSW Topeka Shawnee 7.7
8 W Emporia Lyon 5.0
4 E Lawrence Leavenworth 6.5
2E Herington Morris 7.0
Manhattan Riley 9.0
1 S Ottawa Franklin 7.5
4 E Carbondale Osage 10.0
Ottawa Franklin 8.0
White City Morris 4.5
Wilsey Morris 4.0
1 W Concordia Cloud 2.7
Manhattan Riley 9.6
Minneapolis Ottawa 1.5
Clifton Washington 5.0
Clay Center Clay 4.0
Herington Dickinson 6.0
Lawrence Douglas 8.5
1 WSW Osage City Osage 13.0
3 SW Valley Falls Jefferson 8.5
Lecompton Douglas 9.5
Blue Rapids Marshall 9.5
Lane Franklin 7.0
McFarland Wabaunsee 7.7
Eskridge Wabaunsee 9.5
3 SW Baileyville Nemaha 13.0
Grantville Jefferson 9.0
Neosho Rapids Lyon 7.0
Haddam Washington 4.5
Horton Brown 5.5
Washington Washington 7.0
Chapman Dickinson 3.0
1 E Garnett Anderson 6.0
Onaga 3.1 WSW Pottawatomie 8.5
Lawrence 2.2 W Douglas 9.4
Topeka 4.6 ESE Shawnee 9.0
Eskridge Wabaunsee 10.0
Lawrence 3.1 W Douglas 9.1
McFarland Wabaunsee 9.0
Lawrence 1.3 NW Douglas 7.8
White City 2.5 WNW Morris 6.5
Barnes Washington 7.4
Lawrence 1.6 ESE Douglas 7.0
Emporia 5.6 ESE Lyon 6.7
Manhattan 0.5 NE Riley 9.4
Lecompton 4.3 SW Douglas 6.5
Jamestown 2.4 NW Cloud 4.0
Chapman Dickinson 4.0
Clay Center Clay 6.0
Concordia Cloud 2.0
Emporia Lyon 9.0
Eskridge Wabaunsee 10.0
Fort Riley Geary 6.0
Herington Dickinson 5.0
Horton Brown 8.0
Manhattan Riley 9.5
Minneapolis Ottawa 7.5
Ottawa Franklin 7.5
Valley Falls Jefferson 8.0
Agenda Republic 4.5
Blue Rapids Marshall 10.0
Clifton Washington 4.0
Colony Anderson 7.0
Haddam Washington 7.5
Lane Franklin 7.4
Lecompton Douglas 10.0
McFarland Wabaunsee 8.7
Miltonvale Cloud 4.0
Neosho Rapids Lyon 7.0
Parallel Riley 6.5
White City Morris 4.5
Wilsey Morris 4.0
Corning Nemaha 16.0
Seneca Nemaha 14.0
Holton Jackson 10.0



The heavy snow was accompanied by extremely strong winds overnight.  Below are some of the peak wind gusts reported across the area.



Location WindSpeed Date Time
Topeka Billard Arpt 47 MPH Dec. 25 1:47 am
Forbes Field 48 MPH Dec. 25 1:36 am
Concordia 49 MPH Dec. 25 2:11 am
Lawrence 45 MPH Dec. 25 1:03 am
Emporia 54 MPH Dec. 25 1:20 am