Southwest Kansas saw widespread snow across the region Sunday and into Monday morning, with peak amounts in Finney and Kearny counties.
The 27-county region covered by the National Weather Service's Dodge City office saw between 1 and 5 inches, with most of the counties in The Telegram's 12-county area, especially those along U.S. Highway 50, seeing closer to 4 inches, said Bill Turner, a forecaster at the NWS office.
Holcomb, with 5.5 inches, received the most snow in the region, while Garden City and Scott City each received 4.7 inches.
Turner said the office heard reports of snowfall across all of the 27 Kansas counties it covers — a rare occurrence as he said it was the first time that's happened in three years.
East-west strips of the region received more snowfall than the outskirts, such as 4 to 5 inches from Syracuse to Lakin, Garden City and Cimarron and from Scott City to Dighton, Turner said. Surrounding areas saw 1 to 2 inches, he said.
Syracuse received 4.2 inches; Lakin, Cimarron, Dighton and Ulysses, 4; Sublette 3; Hugoton 2.5.
Garden City USD 457, Holcomb USD 363, Lakin USD 215 and Deerfield USD 216 were the only area school districts to close Monday, though Cimarron-Ensign USD 102, Copeland USD 476, Dighton USD 482, Greeley County USD 200, Healy USD 468, Montezuma USD 371, Satanta USD 507, Scott County USD 466, Stanton County USD 452, Sublette USD 374 and Ulysses USD 214 called for two-hour delays. USD 457 never delays school, said Roy Cessna, the district's public information coordinator — it's either open or closed. Hugoton USD 210, Leoti USD 467 and Syracuse USD 494 began classes on time.
Garden City Community College did not cancel classes due to the weather Monday, said Ashley Salazar, GCCC director of public relations.
With little snowfall the last couple of winters, Turner said residents might have to relearn how to drive on frosty roads.
Julie Aeschliman at the Kansas Highway Patrol said the patrol had received notices of roads partially covered by snow but none completely covered or closed. There were no significant safety concerns, and road conditions were “not as bad as we thought it could be,” she said.
The Garden City Public Works Department put down salt and sand Sunday and Monday night and cleared and monitored streets Monday morning, said Sam Curran, director of Public Works. He requested that the public be careful and wary of possible patches of ice on the roads. If anyone has a concern about a road or intersection, he said they could call Public Works at (620) 276-1260 during business hours or the Garden City Police Department after hours.
Turner said higher temperatures Tuesday afternoon would likely melt most of what is left of the snow.
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