Prospects for a big winter storm beginning tonight has already prompted a number of cancellations and changes.
There’s considerable uncertainty about the track of the storm, however, and early indications suggest the heaviest snow might be north of the Hays area.
The changes being made include postponing the open house originally scheduled for Monday at the newly remodeled Ellis County Courthouse and adjacent Law Enforcement Center.
Instead, the open house will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27.
Monday’s Ellis County Commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the Ellis County Administration Building, 718 Main.
While that’s where the meeting normally would be conducted, commissioners had earlier decided to move the meeting to the courthouse to coincide with the open house.
With the open house postponed, the meeting will go back to its regular location.
In addition, the city of Victoria has announced there won’t be any trash service on Monday, moving it to Thursday instead.
The change was made as a result of the approaching winter storm.
The Kansas Water Office also has canceled Monday’s meeting for the Upper Republican Regional Advisory Committee in Colby. The agency plans to reschedule the meeting for later in February.
The National Weather Service in Dodge City has issued a winter storm watch for its forecast area.
That statement suggests snow could start falling tonight and continue into Tuesday.
Snowfall amounts could reach 6 inches, with higher amounts possible.
The National Weather Service offices in Goodland and Hastings have issued similar alerts.
But they’re cautioning that there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the storm, notably where the heaviest snow will fall.
In the areas with the heaviest snow, accumulations should amount to 6 inches or more.
Travel conditions in those areas are expected to be hazardous as a result of poor visibility from blowing and drifting snow.
The Hastings NWS office Saturday said it looks like light snow will fall tonight, with most of the snow and wind occurring Monday night into Tuesday.