A bit of snow, a lot of windchill, make for wintery Thursday

By Harvey County Now staff

A winter storm early this morning dropped between 1-2 inches of snow across the county according to three monitoring stations. That squares up with the reporter’s measurement of about 1.5 inches of snowfall at his house in Newton.

Roads remain partly or fully snow-covered through much of the county from morning snowfall. Kandrive.org listed I-135 as partially covered as of noon through the entirety of the county. The service listed U.S. Highway 50 heading to Hutchinson as fully covered in snow as well as KS Highway 196 heading to El Dorado.

Temperatures remain cold with the National Weather Service reporting a high of 6 degrees at the Newton City/County airport with a windchill of -13 degrees. The high for the day is expected at 14 degrees. Friday will heat up to 32 degrees according to the NWS and then the high will be in the low 50s on Friday.

It’s cold outside but it could always be worse. On this date back in 1886, according to the NWS the Great Kansas Blizzard struck with little warning. In Kansas, an estimated 80 percent of the cattle perished, and between 50 and 100 people froze to death.

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