Blizzard Warning Issued; Near White-Out Conditions Expected


A blizzard warning is now in effect for much of north central and northeast Kansas from 6 AM Sunday through 6 PM Sunday. The most intense part of the storm, with strong north to northwest winds creating blizzard conditions across north central and northeast Kansas, is forecast between 6 am and noon on Sunday. The remainder of the area will have 1 to 4 inches of snowfall but the strong north winds will create near blizzard conditions across east central and central Kansas. Snow covered roads and severely restricted visibilities are likely to create dangerous driving conditions through the morning Sunday. Travel on Sunday is not recommended. Consider changing travel plans to avoid the winter weather if possible.

Expect dangerous travel conditions for the end of the holiday weekend. Heavy snow will result in snow-covered roadways and significantly reduced visibilities. Road conditions will deteriorate rapidly tonight. People unable to complete travel prior to the onset of snow should consider delaying their travel.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.