Winter storm packing snow greets the area

Schools closed in Iola and sporting events canceled. Snow is expected to continue into the evening. Health clinic curtails hours.


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February 2, 2022 - 10:32 AM

A stiff north wind coupled with snow early this morning made for a dramatic site at the veterans memorial on the Iola square. Photo by Susan Lynn/Iola Register

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An anticipated winter storm had already dropped heavy snow over much of Kansas and parts of Missouri by early Wednesday, with weather forecasters warning that the snow is only expected to intensify throughout the day. 

The National Weather Service expected the heaviest snow to fall in central Missouri, with up to 14 inches predicted in Columbia and surrounding areas by midday Thursday.

Three inches of snow had fallen in Iola by dawn with more continuing throughout the morning.

The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas announced this morning that it was closing its clinics, including Walk-In Care, at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., today and will delay opening until 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Areas around Wichita had already seen as much as 5 inches of snow by 6 a.m. Wednesday, while Topeka reported nearly 4 inches. 

The storm system also threatened high winds of up to 35 mph (56.3 kph) and arctic temperatures, leading the weather service to issue an advisory warning of wind chills as low as 20 below zero (29 degrees Celsius below zero).

The dire warnings led school officials to cancel in-person classes across the region for Wednesday and Thursday, cancelled hundreds of flights and saw Amtrak shut down its trains between St. Louis and Kansas City for Wednesday and Thursday. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard ahead of the storm.

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