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Severe Weather Awareness

UPDATE as of Nov. 26, 2018:  The City of Leavenworth has cancelled the snow emergency, however roads continue to remain icy and snow-packed in certain areas. Please use caution when out and traveling. Consider KDOT's KANDRIVE website map or call "511" to find out road conditions on highways. TRASH is on normal schedule today for the City of Leavenworth. 

UPDATE as of Nov. 25, 2018: The City of Leavenworth has declared a Snow Emergency, effective 2 p.m. We recommend drivers stay home because of unsafe road conditions. Our plows are out and doing emergency snow routes. However, forecasters are telling us they expect as much as five more inches of snow - that is, in addition to the snow we have already received. It is difficult for our plows to keep up at times when the snowfall is this heavy.
Stay tuned to your local news station or emergency weather radios for more safety information.

Message from Police Chief Pat Kitchens: The Police Department is making a status change on traffic crashes effective immediately. All minor, non injury accidents where vehicles are not disabled and there are no injuries need to be walked into the station at a later time!

Drivers should simply exchange information such as drivers name, phone number and insurance.

We will continue to respond to accidents where the vehicle(s)are disabled or there are injuries!

Please stay home unless you absolutely have to be out!


UPDATE as of Nov. 23, 2018: With snow and ice predicted for Sunday, Nov. 25 , crews will be doing the following:

  • Crews will pre-treating roads, particularly areas known to be icy. They will use less pre-treatment if heavy rain is expected because it can wash away the solution.
  • If enough snow accumulates, crews will switch to pre-treat roads identified as Emergency Snow Routes.

Severe weather in Leavenworth can create many potential hazards. Make an emergency plan and be aware of local weather. Check out our links below.

Local Links for Emergency Awareness:


From Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready website,


During a Tornado

If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately!  Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.

A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
  • Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Put on sturdy shoes.
  • Do not open windows.
A manufactured home or office
  • Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelter

If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.

In all situations:

  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.