By Adam Strunk
The National Weather Service predicts significant snow coverage, wind gusts and single-digit temperatures for Harvey County as a winter storm approaches.
Roger Martin NWS Meteorologist said a system is expected to hover over south-central Kansas the next few days.
“The main thing is we’re still looking at accumulating snow Tuesday night through Wednesday night,” Martin said. “This one is going to be a long one.”
Martin said NWS models are showing that 6-8 inches of snow could fall in Harvey County during that time period. Snow is expected to begin around 9 p.m. Tuesday following rain showers.
Martin said that Wednesday and Thursday night, the NWS expects temperatures to drop into the single digits and wind gusts to be up to 35 miles per hour, causing blowing snow and dropping the windchill to -10 to -15 degrees.
He said that blowing snow could make travel conditions difficult even after the storm passes, with wind blowing snow back onto cleared routes.
Both the County and City of Newton Governments communicated that they had the manpower and materials to be prepared to deal with the storm.
Harvey County Director of Communications Kyle McCaskey recommended anyone who needed help call 911 as Emergency Dispatch will be fully staffed.
McCaskey recommended people drive slow and take a few extra minutes to get where they’re going in order to be safe.
For those getting around Newton, a map of the city’s snow routes can be seen here.