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Snow more than expected

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Old Man Winter slipped into northwest Kansas under cover of darkness Tuesday, leaving considerably more snow than had been forecast.

And it laid relatively flat, as winds slowed just prior to the start of the snow.

At the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at the south end of Hays, 3.3 inches of snow fell overnight -- about 3 inches more than had been forecast.

It was a relatively wet snow too, accounting for 0.22 of an inch of moisture.

Tuesday night's snow boosts the monthly total to 7.9 inches, 10.4 inches this winter.

It also slowed the start of some school districts in northwest Kansas.

Through midnight, Goodland had received only a third of an inch, bringing the wintertime total to just 10.7 inches. That's 7.5 inches below normal, and a continuation of the dry conditions that have gripped the region since last spring.

The snow should stick around today.

While temperatures are expected to hover near the freezing mark in the Hays area, it will be sunny. Winds of approximately 15 mph out of the northwest could move some of the snow, causing drifting in protected areas.