UPDATE: New Year's Day snowstorm rolls through KAKEland

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wichita, Kan. -- Much of KAKEland started the new year with a snow storm.

Between the holiday and the falling snow, downtown Hutchinson was pretty dead New Year's Day. We found one business with the lights on.

"Oh I just thought people want something to do other than being at home today," owner of the Antique Connection in Hutchinson Carey Stratton said.

Carey Stratton says once the flakes started falling, so did his hopes of making a New Year's Day sale.

"It's gotten deader since the snow," Stratton said.

Shawn Landrum was inside in the warm antique shop helping out while she's home for the holidays. She recently moved to Panama City, Florida.

"Came here Christmas eve and there was already snow on the ground and didn't like it at all it was hard to adjust to so," Shawn Landrum said.

It was hard to adjust because, guess what's like in Florida right now?

"70's and absolutely perfect," Landrum said.

We left Hutch and headed southeast to Wichita. Vicious winds blew snow all over the road the entire way. As it got darker, it got much, much colder.

"It's biting cold just freezing. We were going to my grandmother's house and it just started coming down and the streets are slick already so," Wichita driver Sasha Cook said.

The Wichita airport officially reported 0.9 inches of snow. That was enough to make 2014 the fourth snowiest New Year's Day on record.

Southeast of Saline schools were supposed to reopen Thursday after winter break, but they were canceled due to the snow.

The heaviest snowfall reported in Kansas Wednesday was five inches in Washington County.

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