By Chris Durden
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
3:47 PM CST, December 18, 2012
The season's first big snowstorm is forecast to blow into western Kansas beginning Wednesday.
Blizzard Warnings are in effect for extreme northwest Kansas along the Nebraska and Colorado borders.
Blizzard Watches are in place for nearly all of southwest Kansas. Winter Storm Watches and Warnings are in place for north-central and northeastern Kansas into Missouri.
Forecasters expect snow to begin falling in western Kansas sometime early Wednesday and spread eastward throughout the day. Accumulations are expected to vary widely, with some places getting only an inch or two and others up to six inches.
Strong winds are expected in most of these areas, leading to the possibility of blizzard conditions.
Authorities recommend you have enough food, water, medications and other necessities to last at least three days should conditions deteriorate. Keep flashlights on hand with plenty of batteries. Have an emergency weather radio and monitor it. And don’t forget your pet when stocking your emergency kit.
Make sure you have plenty of wood for your fireplace or invest in a safe alternative heat source, such as a propane heater.
Recommended items to include in a basic home emergency supply kit may be found online at http://www.ksready.gov and include the following:
Recommended items to include in a vehicle emergency kit include:
Additional preparation information for winter weather is available at the following websites:
Just in time to complicate holiday travel, the season's first big snowstorm is forecast to blow into western Kansas beginning Wednesday.
The National Weather Service offices in Dodge City and Goodland posted blizzard watches Monday for 29 counties from the Colorado line to as far east as Hays. Only the southwestern-most Kansas counties are excluded.
Forecasters expect snow to begin falling in western Kansas sometime early Wednesday and spread eastward throughout the day. Accumulations are expected to vary widely, with some places getting only an inch or two and others up to six inches. Winds gusting over 40 mph are expected to create blizzard conditions.
A half-dozen counties of north-central Kansas are also expected to get a few inches of snow, but without the high winds.
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