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Major Winter Storm headed our direction

8-15 inches of snow are forecast for the region as a huge winter storm moves into our area. Forecasters are calling for the snow to start out mid to late Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday afternoon with most of the snow falling overnight Wednesday. A quarter inch of ice or more could also be possible along with gusty winds, causing blowing and drifting of snow.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director, Bill Schwindamin says if needed, shelters will open at various locations throughout Marshall County, including the Helvering Center in Marysville, American Legion in Axtell, church in Beattie, City Hall in Blue Rapids, Waterville and Oketo, and some churches in Frankfort. He said they will open the shelters only if needed.

If you lose power during the storm and find out it’s going to be out for more than 8 hours or so, you may call the emergency management office at 785-562-4550 or the sheriff’s office at 785-562-3141 for assistance.

Schwindamin said to make sure you have plenty of water on hand, a gallon a day per person, non perishable food items, flashlights, extra blankets, and your prescriptions filled if you are running low.

Stay with KNDY FM 95.5, AM 1570, and FM 94.1 for the latest weather updates, postponements, cancellations, and closings. You can also stream FM 95.5 on the internet on through your smartphone if needed. Just download the “TuneIn Radio App” from your application store.

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.