The region’s second snowstorm in a week fortunately came with more apprehension than snow.
“I think on this second storm, we really dodged a bullet,” Tom Kramer, McPherson County public works director, said. “It could have been a lot worse. The sun came out, and that’s the thing that helps you out the most.”
Kramer said as winter storm threats became imminent, anti-freezing solutions were placed on the roads. However, these cannot be applied during windy weather, as it eventually produces large, frozen chunks of ice. Instead, Kramer said all that can be done is to knock the snow down as much as possible.
“I can tell you that (more severe conditions) would have crippled the county,” Kramer said of the latest winter storm.
Although snow is not in the forecast in the near future, the county is ready with salt and brine.
“I think as far as material goes, we’re not in bad shape,” Kramer said. “We did use a good amount on the last storm (Thursday and Friday).”
Kramer did admit, however, that the widespread snowstorm did make it more difficult to receive supplies.
“All of those people are getting salt from the same area, and that makes it tough,” he said. “I think this is a real atypical storm. We haven’t had this quantity of snow in a long time.”