From Snow To Floods, Severe Weather Impacts Kansas Border To Border


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Spring storms moving across Kansas this weekend brought a variety of weather issues.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka on Sunday afternoon to a partial level in response to the severe winter storm system affecting the western region of the state and flooding in southeast Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reopened Interstate 70 at 5 a.m. today after having closed it from Hays to the Colorado border over the weekend. Other roads in many areas of western Kansas remained closed.

The National Weather Service reported 17 inches of snow in Thomas County including the city of Colby; Stanton County 16 inches; Scott City and portions of Greeley County 15 inches; Rawlins, Morton and Grant Counties reported 14 inches of snow.

Locally we are into our fourth consecutive day of day of rain as places in our listening area have received as much as 3” of rain or more. Here at KD Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake we received just over two and a half inches since Friday. Showers are expected to diminish through the morning hours today, giving way to partly sunny skies and an afternoon high in the low 60’s. Progressing to sunny and 80 by the weekend.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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 2021 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.

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