It was a big storm.
But other than very long working hours for lots of public works crews, it was a big snow that caused only little problems. Now the challenge for northeast Johnson County workers and residents is to hang on through the bitter cold expected to linger in the area Thursday.
(Oh, and prepare for the chance of more white stuff. Indeed, a 30 percent chance of snow on Saturday is the call by the National Weather Service, maybe starting Friday night.)
Depending on which backyard ruler you were using to measure, we had between seven and 11 inches of snow falling on the area. But despite the high-by-local-standards total, area public safety officials reported relatively few problems. Motorists appeared to heed the advice of law enforcement officials to stay home if at all possible. Cars largely stayed off the roads and businesses closed down so very few incidents were reported.
Mission deployed its Snow Angels program and had four requests for help shoveling from members of the community. One minor accident due to the snow conditions was reported in Mission. Roeland Park had no incidents and the city said it had received several compliments on the snow removal job.
In Prairie Village and Mission crews were still working Wednesday afternoon after being out all night, touching up intersections and some of the major streets. And parking lots were still being cleared at some Shawnee Mission schools, which are closed to students today, though offices are open.
Some businesses were still closed Wednesday, but most were back to normal. Mission had been hauling snow out of the Johnson Drive area to give more room for parking.