Topeka receives 2 inches of snow, TPD implements walk-in accident reporting

More snow expected Sunday night and into Monday morning

Topeka received 2 inches of snow overnight and into Sunday morning. (December 2017 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

Two inches of snow fell in Topeka overnight and into Sunday morning, prompting the Topeka Police Department to implement walk-in accident reporting.


Officers will investigate accidents involving injury, intoxication or hit and runs at the scene, TPD Lt. Steve Roth said. They will also respond to accidents that leave a vehicle stranded or that involve a disturbance.

Drivers involved in other accidents are encouraged to exchange insurance and registration information. After the weather clears, they can come to the Law Enforcement Center at 320 S. Kansas Ave. to report the incidents.

Areas around northeast Kansas received 1 to 3 inches of snow with 2.8 inches accumulating in Ottawa and 1.5 inches measured on the Kansas State University campus on Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Omitt said.

Another inch of snow may fall starting around midnight Sunday and into Monday morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday. Snow could cause travel difficulties and limited visibility. By 6 or 7 a.m., the system should move off to the south, Omitt said.

While Sunday saw a high of 34, Monday will feel much different, Omitt said, with a high temperature around 15 degrees and winds from the northwest. On Monday night, temperatures will drop below zero and wind chills could reach minus 15 to minus 20 degrees. A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday to noon Tuesday. The National Weather Service advises people to take precautions like wearing a hat and gloves to prevent frost bite and hypothermia.

Cold temperatures continue Tuesday with a high of 10 and a low of 4 below.

The high Wednesday is 26 and the low is 15. On Thursday, temperatures are expected to make their way above freezing, with a high of 37.