Snow in Wichita, Kansas, February 2013 - Round 2

Just days after Wichita, KS, had experienced the second most snowfall in the city's recorded history, the "dub k" was bracing for yet another winter storm, which was taking its sweet time to make its way across the plains region, bringing with it lots of wind and a lot more snow! The day before, however, gave no hint of the blizzard that was approaching.

Sunday, February 24, 2013, dawned crisp and clear with a pristine blue sky and just a hint of chill in the air. I'm naturally hot-blooded, so, perhaps it was a tad bit colder than that...but this is my story :) The city had been blanketed under 14+ inches of snow only days prior, but it had warmed back up enough that the main streets were clear, and the side streets were beginning to melt off pretty good.

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frosty the snowman chillin' in my front yard waiting on round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013clear blue skies and piles of snow from round 1 of the snow storm that blanketed wichita, ks with 14+" of snow 2/24/2013clear blue skies the day before round 2 in wichita, ks 2/24/2013coming home with a trunk full of cleaning goodies! 2/24/2013yet another set of empty bread shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013empty meat counter as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013empty bakery shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013guessing lots of people will be eating hotdogs as they weather out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013. we got some of these, too :) they will go great with the chili i'm making!frosty the snowman came to my house rolling incognito. he's weathering out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks at my house! 2/24/2013me chillin' with frosty the snowman after he showed up in our yard prior to round 2 of the wichita, ks snowstorm! 2/24/2013my youngest son sits on frosty the snowman's lap after he shows up in our yard rolling incognito the night before round 2 of the snow storm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013my baby helped me cook a breakfast feast on snow day #3 in wichita, ks 2/25/2013
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frosty the snowman chillin' in my front yard waiting on round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
frosty the snowman chillin' in my front yard waiting on round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
clear blue skies and piles of snow from round 1 of the snow storm that blanketed wichita, ks with 14+" of snow 2/24/2013
clear blue skies and piles of snow from round 1 of the snow storm that blanketed wichita, ks with 14+" of snow 2/24/2013 | Source
clear blue skies the day before round 2 in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
clear blue skies the day before round 2 in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
coming home with a trunk full of cleaning goodies! 2/24/2013
coming home with a trunk full of cleaning goodies! 2/24/2013 | Source
yet another set of empty bread shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
yet another set of empty bread shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
empty meat counter as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
empty meat counter as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
empty bakery shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
empty bakery shelves as people prepare for round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
guessing lots of people will be eating hotdogs as they weather out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013. we got some of these, too :) they will go great with the chili i'm making!
guessing lots of people will be eating hotdogs as they weather out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013. we got some of these, too :) they will go great with the chili i'm making! | Source
frosty the snowman came to my house rolling incognito. he's weathering out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks at my house! 2/24/2013
frosty the snowman came to my house rolling incognito. he's weathering out round 2 of the snowstorm in wichita, ks at my house! 2/24/2013 | Source
me chillin' with frosty the snowman after he showed up in our yard prior to round 2 of the wichita, ks snowstorm! 2/24/2013
me chillin' with frosty the snowman after he showed up in our yard prior to round 2 of the wichita, ks snowstorm! 2/24/2013 | Source
my youngest son sits on frosty the snowman's lap after he shows up in our yard rolling incognito the night before round 2 of the snow storm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013
my youngest son sits on frosty the snowman's lap after he shows up in our yard rolling incognito the night before round 2 of the snow storm in wichita, ks 2/24/2013 | Source
my baby helped me cook a breakfast feast on snow day #3 in wichita, ks 2/25/2013
my baby helped me cook a breakfast feast on snow day #3 in wichita, ks 2/25/2013 | Source

The town was abuzz with folks out shopping for whatever they needed to hunker down for a few days and wait out the storm. Every store in the entire city was out of snow shovels. Most stores were also out of ice melt; however, there were limited quantities available if you got lucky enough to hit up the right store. As the day progressed, stores began running low on quantities of bread, meat, and baked goods.

USD #259 canceled school for Monday, February 25, 2013, and all of the school age children in Wichita, KS, set social media abuzz with sentiments of sleeping in for what had turned into an unexpected five day weekend - three days of which were decided by the weather.

The first few flakes of round two began falling in Wichita, KS, around 11:00 am, and it snowed "on again, off again" for the next several hours with no real accumulation. Thankfully, shipments of shovels, sand, and salt were able to make it into Wichita before the brunt of the storm arrived Monday evening. Also, the temperatures for the day were warmer than expected, therefore, some of the previous accumulation was able to melt off as well.

I was so relieved that we were finally getting moisture because this region has been experiencing a severe drought. I don't completely understand how it all works, but evidently, snow is better for the earth than rain because it takes time to seep into the earth as it melts rather than run off quickly into storm drains and such like it does when it rains. Also, I believe snow may deliver nitrogen back into the soil similar to what happens when a field is lit on fire after harvesting and prior to planting the new crop. Again, I have a limited understanding of how all of that works, so don't take my word as gospel. Please feel free to do a little research about it yourself if you are interested, and feel free to correct me in the comments if I am wrong :)

Anyway, I was also happy for the snow because for some reason, I have been wanting to build a snowman - a big snowman - lately. There have been a couple of times in the past few years that Wichita received small amounts of snow, and I would giggle at the miniature snowmen that people would build in their yards. I decided then that as soon as we got enough snow I had to have me a snowman! Thank goodness my youngest son decided he wanted to help me because there was no way I was building a snowman of any impressive size by myself. If you have ever rolled snow to make a snowman, you know exactly what I mean...that stuff gets real heavy, real quick!

Monday came and went in Wichita, KS, without any real significant weather; however, local news stations and others watching the weather (Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sherriff, etc.) warned their facebook followers that the storm was indeed coming, but it was just moving much slower than anticipated. Another thing that I noticed from watching the weather radar throughout the day was that there seemed to be this small circle, kind of like a doughnut hole, that appeared right smack in the middle of all the snow that appeared on the radar. Guess where that hole appeared to hover for much of the day...you guessed it! Wichita, KS! I'm not sure if I'm the only one that noticed that...or if it was just in my imagination...but I think that little "hole" over Wichita spared the city from getting buried even deeper!!

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record breaking snow fall in wichita, ks 2/2013day after round 2 of the snowstorm that pummeled Kansas 2/2013wichita, ks 2/2013wichita, ks 2/2013frosty the snowman...left. compliments of my two teenage boys :(  sorry, frosty! wichita, ks 2/2013waste management was out running their trash routes the day after round 2 wichita, ks 2/2013USPS was out in the snow delivering mail the day after round 2 in wichita, ks...the mailman turned around in my driveway and startled me :) 2/2013
record breaking snow fall in wichita, ks 2/2013
record breaking snow fall in wichita, ks 2/2013 | Source
day after round 2 of the snowstorm that pummeled Kansas 2/2013
day after round 2 of the snowstorm that pummeled Kansas 2/2013 | Source
wichita, ks 2/2013
wichita, ks 2/2013 | Source
wichita, ks 2/2013
wichita, ks 2/2013 | Source
frosty the snowman...left. compliments of my two teenage boys :(  sorry, frosty! wichita, ks 2/2013
frosty the snowman...left. compliments of my two teenage boys :( sorry, frosty! wichita, ks 2/2013 | Source
waste management was out running their trash routes the day after round 2 wichita, ks 2/2013
waste management was out running their trash routes the day after round 2 wichita, ks 2/2013 | Source
USPS was out in the snow delivering mail the day after round 2 in wichita, ks...the mailman turned around in my driveway and startled me :) 2/2013
USPS was out in the snow delivering mail the day after round 2 in wichita, ks...the mailman turned around in my driveway and startled me :) 2/2013 | Source

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Despite there being little to no accumulation on Monday, USD #259 canceled school again that evening for the next day (wise decision) making it the 4th snow day in a row! Since the snow days happened to fall before and after a weekend, it was now six days in a row that Wichita kids had been out of school. As soon as my kids found out they were out of school for another snow day, they bundled up and went outside (at 9pm) and went crazy in the snow. By now, the brunt of the storm had arrived, and the wind was whipping the snow around as it fell from the sky.

Wichitans woke up Tuesday, February, 26, 2013, to a winter wonderland. It was absolutely gorgeous! Local news stations reported that the total snowfall for the two storms combined woudl put Wichita in the record books for the most snowfall in February since 1913 with over 20" of snow falling in less than a week! My brother surprised me by coming over that morning prior to going to work and shoveling my porch, sidewalk, and half of my driveway. We never even got around to shoveling the other half, but we will be ok because the sun came out and melted the majority of the snow on the driveway and in the streets.

Wichita children returned to school on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, after 4 consecutive snow days. I hope they all remembered to thank mother nature for the nice little unexpected break she delivered to us all by way of a record breaking snowfall in the middle of February! I had fun with my kids over the snow holiday, but I must admit that I was ready for them to return to school so that I could get back to having some peace and quiet around the house during the school day...that is definitely one of those things for me that "you don't know what you got until it's gone!"

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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

My family was hit by this same store--they live in the KC area--so it was nice to see your photos. I'm glad you got to make a snowman! I don't remember ever seeing that much snow. It would've been fun to be there for the storm. Thanks for sharing!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

My friend, thanks for writing and share with us about snow storm. My dream is going to the country where I can touch the snow. But I should be careful when the snow storm suddenly come. I read about this from newspaper and reading your hub is very special for me. Take care and have a good day :-)

Prasetio


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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states Author

@vespawoolf...thank you for stopping by my blog, and i am glad you enjoyed my pics! we are about 3 or so hours away from KC, and i have some friends who live there also. their yards looked pretty much the same as ours! thanks again for visiting my page...blessings!


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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states Author

@prasetio30...thank you for stopping by my hubpages and reading this article. i have grown up around snow, and it can be so beautiful, but it can also be so dangerous. it is best to be tucked away inside somewhere warm and safe until the storm passes, and then it is ok to bundle up and go outside and play in it...i do hope that you get your wish to experience snow. thanks again for stopping by...blessings!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That was a charming account of the snow storm, and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing it with us!


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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states Author

thank you, kathryn. and you are most certainly welcome...blessings!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi tiffany, that is some storm! we seem to get the follow on over here in England, when I watch the news and see America with snow I wait for the storms to come over here, we have had so much snow this year, can't wait for the Spring, nell


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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states Author

hi nell...thanks for your comment. that is interesting to know about the storms...funny, i never really thought about where they go when they leave here, i only think about where they are going when they are on their way here!! i am going to start paying more attention to that...thank you for helping me to expand my awareness :) blessings!


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C_MarieWeber 3 years ago from Wichita

Hi Tiffany! Great read. This is Christol from Y!CN, btw. I didn't realize you were here too.


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tiffany delite 3 years ago from united states Author

hey christol...thanks for the comment! i discovered hubpages a couple of years ago. haven't really had a lot of time to work on it, but i plug away at it when i can. as you know, i just discovered the other place a week or so ago. thought i would try it out...good to see you. oh! and great to have another wichitan around these parts :) blessings!

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