Topeka, KS -- The main energy with a very powerful winter storm will move across Eastern Kansas Today.
Thundersnow has already been reported and very heavy snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour will be likely through Noon on Wednesday.
The heavy snow will make travel extremely difficult, in not impossible. The snow will be moderate to heavy through the afternoon hours as it continues to pile up and road conditions continue to go downhill.
You can watch video of the "Thundersnow" in the player on the left.
The accumulating snow should be over by Midnight tonight with a few flurries lingering into Sunrise Friday. Along with the very heavy snow, winds will be gusting, out of the East, up to 30mph. This will create visibilities to be near zero at times and some drifting snow will be a concern.
A widespread area of 10+ inches of snow will be likely across a majority of the state with the potential for over 15 inches in some locations.
The entire state of Kansas is under a Winter Storm Warning as this system will have wide-ranging impacts with heavy snow for the majority of the state and an ice storm possible across Eastcentral and Southeast Kansas, areas along and SE of the Interstate 35.
The Topeka Police Department preemptively entered Phase III Accident Reporting at 1 a.m. Thursday. That means officers will investigate only injury, hit & run, and accidents with disabling vehicle damage. Refer all other accidents or traffic situations to police headquarters at your earliest convenience.