Could get a bit wintry tonight

By Paul Harris

The Manhattan area is expected to receive 4 to 10 inches of snow through Tuesday evening, according to state climatologist Mary Knapp. Between 3 to 7 inches of that is expected to fall by Tuesday morning.

Knapp suggested the storm could be severe enough to cause drivers to be extra cautious on the roadways.

“I would easily double the time I would normally take (to get anywhere),” Knapp commented.

Pat Collins, Riley County emergency management director, said the weather activity is supposed to start after midnight. He said the snow treatment work had already begun with the Kansas Department of Transportation pre-treating some of the bridges.

“I talked to the city and county,” he said. “They’re both geared up to start whenever it starts.”

The major winter storm that will stretch from Des Moines to northern Flagstaff, Ariz. is expected to make winter travel hazardous for those traveling to the west or south.

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