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Event Blizzard
State KANSAS
County/Area SCOTT
WFO DDC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-12-19 12:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-12-20 21:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong storm system moved northeast from New Mexico into Colorado Friday, December 2nd and into western Kansas Friday night. The precipitation began as rain across western and northern parts of the DDC CWA, and began to change to snow and patchy freezing drizzle Friday night into Saturday, December 3rd. The stormed tracked to north central Kansas by Saturday night. Before it departed, up to 5 inches of snow fell in parts of central Kansas. The 5-inch maximum of snow fell across northwestern Trego County, mainly west of Wakeeney. A narrow band (10-20 miles wide) of 3 to 4 inches of snow fell from extreme northwest Ellis County southwestward through central Trego County and then west over northern parts of both Lane and Scott Counties. Southeast of this heavier snow, there was a 30 to 50 mile wide swath of one to two inches of snow that fell from near Hays in Ellis County to near Ness City in Ness County to northwestern Finney County and then on southwestward to near Syracuse in Hamilton County. Early in the event, mainly during Friday night, there was patchy freezing drizzle mainly in Ellis, Trego and Scott Counties, which caused a few slick spots on roadways.
12/19/11 1200 CST to 12/20/11 2100 CST
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A very strong upper level winter storm moved from southern New Mexico into Western Kansas on Monday, December 19th. Late Monday, a strong cold front crashed southward from Wyoming and Nebraska, colliding with the abundant moisture the upper level storm brought to western Kansas. Strong winds behind the cold front blew from the north at 20 to 30 MPH, with gusts as high as 45 MPH, mainly Monday night and early Tuesday. Full white-out blizzard conditions were reported by many county officials, especially north of a line from Johnson City to Dodge City to Kinsley, Monday night and into Tuesday, December 20th. Numerous accidents were reported, as well as were snow drifts as deep as 2 to 5 feet during and after the blizzard.
Over much of the affected area, there was one or more periods of light freezing drizzle mixed in with the snow, which served to make many roadways slick. The heavy snow fell in 10 to 25 mile wide band, and in the shape of an arch, from Elkhart in Morton County northward to Syracuse in Hamilton County, then northeast to near Scott City in Scott County, then eastward to east of Hays in Ellis County. There were reports of more than 2 feet of snow along the Colorado/Kansas border in western Stanton county. The highest official snowfall report of 15 inches was from 10 miles southeast of Scott City. The second highest report was 14 inches from Victoria in Ellis County. Over 10 inches fell in the band described above, with another noteworthy report of 12 inches from Elkhart in Morton County. A large area received from 4 to 9 inches east of the heavier band mentioned above, and also west of a line from Englewood in southern Clark County, to Bucklin in southern Ford County, to Kinsley in Edwards County, to near Victoria in eastern Ellis County. One to Three inches of snow fell east of the 4 to 8 inch area, but no snow accumulated in Barber County.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MEADE (ZONE) MEADE (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTT (ZONE) SCOTT (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEVENS (ZONE) STEVENS (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORTON (ZONE) MORTON (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STAFFORD (ZONE) STAFFORD (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FORD (ZONE) FORD (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAY (ZONE) GRAY (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HASKELL (ZONE) HASKELL (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EDWARDS (ZONE) EDWARDS (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELLIS (ZONE) ELLIS (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TREGO (ZONE) TREGO (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STANTON (ZONE) STANTON (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAWNEE (ZONE) PAWNEE (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HODGEMAN (ZONE) HODGEMAN (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FINNEY (ZONE) FINNEY (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEARNY (ZONE) KEARNY (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUSH (ZONE) RUSH (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NESS (ZONE) NESS (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LANE (ZONE) LANE (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SEWARD (ZONE) SEWARD (ZONE) KS 12/19/2011 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K