NEWS: Region braces for Winter Storm Q




A blanket of snow is already on the ground and roads are slushy this afternoon in Garden City and southwest Kansas, but meteorologists say the worst of Winter Storm Q is yet to come.

Larry Ruthi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, said the forecast as of this afternoon called for 8 to 10 more inches in Garden City, with the heaviest snowfall from midnight until noon Thursday. Ruthi said the snowstorm will pick up at about 3 p.m., as the storm is just south of Garden City.

"You see some light snow off and on, and towards midnight you'll start to get heavier snow," he said.

Ruthi said residents should make sure they have a snow shovel and make arrangements tonight if they need any supplies for tomorrow. The snow has the potential to shut down city streets and snow people in.

"Go get food supplies tonight as you might not be able to get out tomorrow," he said.

City and county officials are using the Finney County Emergency Management's Facebook page to send out notifications.

Gilbert Valerio, assistant Finney County Emergency Management coordinator, said Tuesday that the public needs to be prepared.

“The general public needs to get prepared as far as having water and food that you can prepare without the use of electricity, because if we lose electricity for awhile, they need to get ready for that kind of stuff. Any kind of medication, they need to make sure they’re up to date with those and that they have enough to last them a couple of days until we get everything back up to normal and running,” Valerio said. “They need to get prepared, get ready. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”?In a press release from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Deputy Director Angee Morgan said people should stock up with one gallon of water per person per day, nonperishable food, medications and other essentials for a minimum of three days.

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