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Pittsburg Polar Plunge benefitting The Special Olympics took place Saturday

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Dozens took the plunge Saturday in Pittsburg for a good cause.

Saturday afternoon the community came out for the Pittsburg Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics.

They held a costume contest and awarded prizes to the best dressed.

Participants say it felt good to give back to others.

Travis Cannon, Pittsburg Fire Department, says, “I think it’s very important and it’s a very good organization. They do a lot of good for the communities around here.”

Dennis Speer, Peerless Products, says, “It’s all right here in your heart to help anybody — to help the community through hardships and to help the community with things like Special Olympics is great.”

More than $20,000 was raised through registration from this event.

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The Pittsburg Disc Golf Club held their annual Ice Bowl in Lincoln Park

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The community is showing their support for an outreach mission in Pittsburg.

Saturday afternoon The Pittsburg Disc Golf Club held their annual Ice Bowl in Lincoln Park.

More than 20 people came out to play and donated canned goods for Wesley House.

Organizers say this cause is close to their hearts.

Richard Schrik, Pittsburg Disc Golf Club, says, “I grew up in a low income family and I know what it is to go to the Wesley House and come out with a couple bags of food. So knowing we live in a low income area anything we can do to help we love to do.”

They were also collecting money for mulligan shots and all the proceeds are helping The Wesley House.

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Kansas Senator holds Town Hall Meeting

A Kansas Senator held a town hall Saturday afternoon in Labette County.
Senator Roger Marshall was in Parsons answering questions from residents about topics ranging from medical marijuana, voter fraud and raising the minimum wage.

Two Kansas Mayor’s in attendance say their city is seeing a spike in price for their electric bills after the cold spell last week.
The Mayor of one Kansas town says they received an electric bill estimate of $541,000, which is the price for one year of electricity.
She asked Senator Marshall what is being done to fix the pricing issue.

Senator Roger Marshall representing District 1 said, “We asked for the federal energy regulatory commission which oversees this to investigate the situation to see if there is something nefarious that went on regarding the prices.”

Senator Marshall says conserving energy during the cold spell helped the state avoid brownouts.
Kansas residents who were in the audience say they think the town hall was successful.

Don Alexander a Neosho county resident said, “I think we are lucky when we have our senators and representatives come out and spend time with the people they represent.

Lon Hale a resident from Allen county said, “It’s been a good town hall meeting. i brought my children today and so they would bring my grandchildren today because I wanted them to see the process.”

Saturday night’s town hall lasted for nearly an hour.

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Still in good shape with the Drought Tracker

With our recent snowmelt taken into the ground after we melted it away this week, that has kept any drought concerns away from the region. We do note that we have drought conditions still present in northern/western Kansas and across parts of western and southern Oklahoma. While our current system won’t provide any drought relief for these areas, we’ll see if the waves for Tuesday and Thursday can bring some much need rain chances their way.

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Car wash forecast – February 28th-March 2nd

The car wash forecast will have dry time so you can get your car cleaned up. However, we have a few systems we’re watching. Our system that gave us some scattered rain and t-storms this evening will continue to keep some rain chances around to start Sunday out. Once we get into late Sunday morning and certainly into Sunday afternoon, we’ll dry out as we stay mostly cloudy. We’ll rate Sunday a fair with the recommendation to hold off on any washing until the afternoon. Monday will be a dry day from start to finish underneath partly to mostly sunny skies. That’s an easy good rating in our book. For Tuesday, another wave will pass just to our south. If enough moisture can pull in during the morning, we’ll have some parts of the area starting the day out with some scattered rain/snow showers. Once we get into the afternoon, we should dry out. While we keep an eye on this wave, we’ll give Tuesday a fair rating for now with the recommendation to hold off until the afternoon.

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Latest updated blog – Turning chilly for your Sunday – Nick

Good Saturday evening, everyone. After we started the weekend out on a cool note with highs in the upper 40s, we trended quite a bit milder today with highs in the lower to middle 60s. That was certainly a good bounce in temperatures after dealing with cold temperatures and some dense fog to start our Saturday morning out.

Breaking down our weather setup, we had a quiet day before we had some scattered rain and t-storms develop late in the afternoon and to start the evening out. The Storm Prediction Center did clip areas just to our south with a marginal risk for a few strong to severe t-storms with hail being possible. Fortunately, any rain and t-storms we’ve seen this evening have behaved. The changing upper-level dynamics and thermodynamics will shift any potential for t-storms with some small hail to our east. That being said, we still have a cold front to our west.

Looking at the setup upstairs, we have an upper-level low working across the northern Rockies. This low at the jet stream level will actually split into two as we work into Sunday. One low will track across the Northern Plains and push our cold front through and rain chances out of here by tomorrow afternoon. The other low will dig into the Desert Southwest as we work into Sunday and Monday.

Looking ahead, we’ll have to start things out with scattered showers and a few t-storms during the overnight and into our Sunday morning. You can see how the cold front working in will work to serve as additional lift to keep scattered rain chances and a few t-storms in the forecast. Even if we hear some rumbles of thunder, we aren’t expecting anything severe.

While most of us will stay in the 50s to start the overnight out, cooler air behind the front will drop us back into the 40s as we get our Sunday morning started.

While some scattered showers are possible to start the day, the passing cold front will put an end to that by late morning and into the afternoon ahead of us.

Even though the front clears out the rain chances for the afternoon, the cloud cover may not be so eager to rapidly follow suit. With mostly cloudy skies still expected for the afternoon and a north wind at 5-15 mph (gusts near 20), we’ll only see afternoon temperatures climb back into the lower 50s.

Once we get the evening started, we’ll see our skies start to turn mostly clear. However, the lighter north breeze will mean a cool evening leading to a cold start in the upper 20s for our Monday morning.

With partly to mostly sunny skies and a light north breeze for Monday, we’ll start the work/school week out on a good note with highs bouncing back into the lower 50s across the region.

Let’s talk about the rest of the week. Do you remember the upper-level low out in the northern Rockies and how it will split into two separate waves? The second wave will come out of the Desert Southwest and work across the Southern Plains. This wants to track to our south as we work into Tuesday. There’s still some indications of some moisture wanting to clip us as it passes to our south. If enough moisture can work in for Tuesday morning as we see lows in the lower to middle 30s, this could result in some scattered rain/snow showers to start the day out. Other indications want the moisture to stay to our south. I have some scattered rain/snow showers possible for Tuesday morning before we head toward a dry Tuesday afternoon with highs around 50. While this doesn’t look like a big system for us, it’s something we’ll still watch for the next few days.

After we get past a quiet Wednesday with highs back near 60, we’ll have another system come our way from the west. You can see how we start Thursday dry down below before the system starts to bring in scattered t-storm chances late Thursday afternoon and into Thursday night.

This wave will still be around as we work into Friday. The t-storm chances will push off to our south and east, but we’ll hold on to the rain chances and cloudy skies through the day as highs will only top out in the middle 50s.

After we start next weekend out with some rain chances, current indications keep us chilly and dry for Saturday before we turn a little milder by that following Sunday and Monday. Doug has your long range forecast for the whole month of March and the first few days of April down below.

Have a good night and a great Sunday!

Nick

March 7th-13th:  Mild start with rain chances on Monday.  Cooling down a bit Tuesday but back to mild temps by Wednesday.  Showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday.  Cooling down and drier for the weekend.

March 14th-20th:  We start the week with rain or snow chances on Sunday.  The cycle before this system produced 1″ of snow.  With cool temperatures for Sunday, we’ll watch it.  Mild temperatures return for Tuesday and Wednesday with rain chances on Wednesday and Thursday.  This system gave us severe weather with some tornado warnings on January 30th, lets watch this one!  Cool for Friday before we turn milder for Saturday as we start a dry weekend out.

March 21st-27th:  We’ll be mild for Sunday and Monday before we turn briefly cooler for Tuesday. A brief jump to a mild Wednesday before we stay cool for the rest of the week. We’ll watch for slight rain chances on Monday and better rain chances for Wednesday and Thursday.

March 28th-April 3rd:  Cool temperatures for Sunday and Monday. We’ll briefly turn mild for Tuesday and Wednesday before we cool back down for the rest of the week. We’ll watch for rain chances on Sunday, slight rain chances on Wednesday, rain chances on Thursday and rain/snow chances to start the weekend out.

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Webb City bar uses fogging service to protect customers

WEBB CITY, Mo. —Roberta Riley is like many who are working in bars and restaurants that are trying to stay open and safe during the pandemic. This involves a lot of sanitizing and cleaning. Riley says it’s all to keep her customers healthy, specifically those more at risk.

“We want to keep this as safe as we can here. We have a lot of elderly people that come in, and we’re all one big happy family. If we lost anyone it would be devastating to us,” Riley says.

She wanted to make sure that her bar, The Longhorn would be safe for everyone, which is why the bar enlisted the help of Enviroteks, a fogging service. Tod Stults, an owner of Enviroteks says fogging is a way to disinfect surfaces.   

“It’s taking liquid and breaking it up into tiny, basically almost, I wouldn’t say molecular, but smaller particles, which is very fine, and with a fogging service, it gets in places where normal cleaning can’t,” says Stults.

Riley says not only is it more convenient but more sanitary as well.

“It’s easier to clean, it maybe gets places that we aren’t able to get to, it gets into crevices because it is the fog,” she says.

Riley states that because the bar is located along Route 66, people from all over the country are always coming through, so she’s glad to have extra cleaning measures in place.

“You never know who’s in and out of here, and quite frankly if you’re tested positive with COVID, you’re not maybe gonna remember ‘hey I was in a little bar in Webb City’ to notify us, so this is just an extra precaution that we use,” she says.

Riley adds that it reassures customers that the bar sees their health as a priority

“It definitely gives people a sense of ‘we are trying to do something to get back to some sort of normalcy.”

Stults says returning to normalcy is the main reason he does his job.

“I just want things to be normal, you know I want people to be able to go out, I don’t wanna go back inside the house, and shut the doors and wonder what’s gonna happen, you know how are we gonna pay our bills? You know, I want people to be healthy.”

The bar will be cleaned biweekly to keep the establishment as safe as possible.

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UPDATE: Spire officials say majority of customers restored

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Officials with Spire Energy say the majority of their customers affected by yesterday’s incident have been restored.

You can read the full update from Spire below:

“Spire service technicians from across Western Missouri have largely completed work to restore natural gas service to Carl Junction.

While we were able to reconnect the vast majority of our customers, we are posting door hangers with information on next steps for customers we were unable to reach.  Those customers are encouraged to call us at 800-582-1234 and press 1 to schedule a reconnection.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding, and thank the Carl Junction community for their support as we worked to reconnect customers.”

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