Winter Storm Update: Warning continued to noon, area schools close, power outages

By Chris Swick
November 29, 2015

A WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect for McPherson and the surrounding counties until noon Monday.

The National Weather Service in Wichita is reporting that periods of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle will persist into the morning hours Monday, possibly mixed with sleet and snow.

Additional ice accumulations of between an tenth and a quarter of an inch are expected, especially on overpasses, trees and power lines. Driving conditions may deteriorate during the overnight hours, as well.

The constant ice over the last several days has caused countless tree limbs to fall, some of which have knocked out power to some McPherson residents. If you have or do experience power outages in McPherson, contact the BPU at (620) 245-2554.

Westar Energy is also reporting widespread outages in Hutchinson and some of the McPherson County towns that it serves and that, in some cases, power may not be restored for a couple of days. McPherson County Emergency Management will assist those that are medically dependent on power, such as oxygen machines and the like.

If you, or you know of someone currently without power that is in that situation, contact dispatch at (620) 245-1266 and they will work with you to get the assistance you or your loved one needs.

Finally, area schools have already called off classes for tomorrow. That includes Elyria Christian School, Smoky Valley, Canton-Galva, Moundridge, Little River and Inman. McPherson USD 418 has a previously scheduled teacher in service day.

McPherson College has canceled morning sessions and will start classes back up at noon. Central Christian College has canceled classes for Monday, with students on campus to have meals served in the dorm.