An Adams Lumber employee scoops the sidewalk last week during the blizzard. (Johnson Publications photo)

This robin appears to be unsure about the spring snow, but probably glad to see some of it melting. (Johnson Publications photo)

Another ‘bomb cyclone’ hits area

Just a month after a “bomb cyclone” caused accidents and school closings, another one showed up.
Temperatures were in the high 60s the day before, but on April 10-11, temps fell and moisture arrived.
Imperial received a total of five inches of wet snow, but it was the wind that triggered the danger.
Winds peaked at 39 mph last Thursday, with gusts up to 57 mph.
Because of the wind, Imperial Public Works Director Pat Davison said the power “flickered” in town, but never fully went out.
Snow plow trucks were also deployed early last Thursday morning.
“We started around 4 a.m.,” Davison said. “Then we plowed again throughout the day on and off since the snow continued to drift.”
In addition to plowing drifts throughout the day, the snow was moved to the public works station, where it melted into the retention pond.
School was cancelled last Thursday and administration called for a 10 a.m. start on Friday.
While there were no damages reported, the Chase County Sheriff’s Department responded to a semi that had jackknifed across Highway 6 west of Imperial.
“We also had people sliding off the roads and getting stuck,” Sheriff Kevin Mueller said.

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