Snow closes part of U.S. 75 on Sunday
Northeastern Kansas was hit by a winter storm system that moved through the area over the weekend, although it wasn’t anywhere near as bad what the northeastern United States received, it has been reported.
However, the snowfall that dropped on Jackson County was enough to close part of U.S. Highway 75 for a few hours on Sunday, according to Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse. U.S. 75 between 278th and 286th roads was shut down between 4 p.m. and approximately 5:15 p.m. that day after numerous vehicles slid off the highway, and blowing snow made visibility “nearly impossible,” Morse said.
“One Kansas Highway Patrol car was damaged from a passing semi tractor and trailer,” Morse added.
The National Weather Service reported that the Holton area received two to four inches of snow on Sunday while Hoyt only received about an inch, but areas further north — some in Jackson County — received more snow. Whiting reported seven inches of snow, while Netawaka reported about two and a half inches.
The winter storm was made more intolerable by frigid winds, with the NWS reporting that winds on Saturday and Sunday were gusting from 15 to 25 miles per hour, causing snow to blow and drift across roadways. Wind also was blamed for knocking out some power lines and causing blackouts in the county, and it was reported that in Mayetta, power was out for a few hours early on Sunday.
In Jackson County, Morse said he and his officers responded to “approximately a dozen slide-offs and one injury accident on Sunday” because of the winter storm. Icy road conditions also prompted Holton and Jackson Heights school district leaders to cancel classes today; Royal Valley remained open.
According to Earl Bahret, Jackson County road and bridge department co-supervisor, there were “lots of drifts” west of Soldier. It was also reported that county crews did not go out on Sunday, but some went out at 6 a.m. today with the rest going out at 7 a.m.
Other areas in northeastern Kansas saw roads closed due to the storm. Portions of Kansas Highway 20 east of Horton were closed from Sunday through early this morning while Kansas Department of Transportation crews removed ice and snow from the roads, and Kansas Highway 99 in Marshall County was shut down due to snow drifts, with the road expected to be reopened today, according to KDOT.
Temperatures are expected to rebound into the mid-40s on Tuesday before falling again on Wednesday, when a 50-percent chance of snow is predicted; see the weather forecast on Page 2 of today’s Holton Recorder for more information.