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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Up to 14 inches of snow expected to fall in Mac

  • As snow steadily fell Wednesday in McPherson, road crews were out fighting the white stuff.
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    • Red Cross winter storm tips
      Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm cl...
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      Red Cross winter storm tips
      Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Sand or non-clumping kitty litter is good to have on hand to help make walkways or steps less slippery. Additionally, make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.

      Preparing Your Home and Car: Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

      For more information on winter storm preparedness, contact a Red Cross nearest you by visiting www.redcross.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.
  • As snow steadily fell Wednesday in McPherson, road crews were out fighting the white stuff.
    By the end of today, the area was expected to receive 12 to 14 inches of snow.
    The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of snow tonight a low near 10 and winds of 10 to 20 mph.
    As of late Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement reported roads in town as snow packed and roads in the county as slushy.
    Several minor accidents had been reported on Interstate 135, but none of them involved serious injuries, according to McPherson County dispatch.
    Tom Kramer, McPherson County public works director, said crews put down brine prior to the snowfall on Tuesday. Crews were out with plows Wednesday, and the county planned to continue plowing today. Road crews were on 12-hour split shifts. Half the crew worked 12 hours, and then the other half of the crew worked the next 12 hours.
    Kramer said this would continue until the roads are cleared.
    "We caution everyone to slow down and build some extra time in if you are going to get out," he said.
    Dillard Webster, McPherson County emergency management director, said he was coordinating with the Red Cross, which had mobilized to provide emergency shelters for the storm if needed.
    As of Wednesday no shelters had been opened in McPherson. However, they could be made available to stranded interstate travelers or to those who lose power.
    Residents or travelers in need should call emergency management at 245-1261 during business hours or emergency dispatch after hours for more information.
    Webster said the McPherson was fortunate in that the ice portion of the storm went south of the area.
    "I think county public works can handle it. They have the equipment to move the snow," he said. "It is a wet snow, and we are going to have a lot of it before it is over."

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