Following a brief thaw earlier in the week with record high temperatures, Manhattan froze over again Wednesday, with 3 inches of snow that caused several districts to call off school.
The snowfall equated to 32 hundredths of an inch of much-needed moisture, said state climatologist Mary Knapp.
The precipitation began Tuesday evening with a fog-mist-snow combination, she said, and the snow continued overnight. Some flakes continued to fall through the day Wednesday, though mostly it was just blowing snow.She said the warm front caused by south winds pumping in warm, dry air reversed itself.
“We’ve had that in the past — that very strong temperature gradient where it gets warm and then very cold,” Knapp said. She said we’re lucky that we weren’t in the area to the east, where the jet stream was overriding the front, causing storm and tornadic activity in Missouri and Arkansas.
School was canceled for USD 323 Rock Creek, USD 384 Blue Valley and USD 378 Riley County, though USD 383 Manhattan schools and K-State remained open.
Fort Riley instituted a 2-hour delay for all non-essential personnel, and Meals on Wheels service was canceled.
And the snow apparently caused some problems for drivers, including one car accident at McCall Road and Tuttle Creek Boulevard that apparently blocked traffic for a time Wednesday morning, and reports of cars sliding off the road on K-18.
The forecast for Wednesday’s overnight low was 17 degrees, and the temperature is expected to remain well below freezing at 26 degrees Thursday.