Nightmare On The Road With Record Breaking Snow In Wichita, KS – 1/1/2021

One of the largest snowfalls in the last decade came to an end early afternoon in Wichita. Snow totals over 6″ were reported all across the city.

Officially at the NWS Office, the storm total went into the books at 6.5″, making it the largest snow since Feb of 2014 and the largest snow to EVER fall in Wichita on New Years Day. This is the official record broken at the Wichita observation site at the NWS office at the airport.

Winds blew snow and caused drifts up to two feet deep in places. Fortunately, traffic was light thanks to the holiday which likely prevented a much worse morning commute. Winter Storm Warnings that were posted overnight were dropped shortly after the noon hour as most of the snow had ended across the region as the storm pulled away to the northeast.
Shot Description

Clips 1-7: Various shots of red pickup truck that slid off I-135 on the south side of the city and crashed into a fence and some brush. Includes shots of vehicle owner and police officer on scene shortly after the crash.

Clips 8-10: Shots of dark grey sedan that slid into a railroad crossing gate.

Clips 11-12: Shots of light grey sedan in the ditch off I-235 with driver walking from the car.

Clip 13: Wrecker on the side of I-235 with flashing lights.

Clip 14: Two snow plows clearing a city street in south Wichita.

Clip 15: High winds blowing snow across an overpass with a highway sign directing drivers to I-135 in north Wichita.

Clips 16-18: Shots of KDOT electronic sign warning drivers of icy and snow-packed roads as heavy snow falls on the sign.

Clips 19-25: Various POV driving shots in heavy falling snow of traffic on Wichita highways.

Clip 26: Blowing snow from a guard rail on an overpass.

Clip 27: Blowing snow as an advertising banner flails in strong winds.

Clip 28: Heavy blowing snow falling on pine trees.

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