Just this past weekend, this part of the state, including Wellington, was forecast to receive several inches of snow in the latest winter storm.  Unfortunately for some, Wellington received not quite one inch of snowfall.  In March of 1970, a then-record snowstorm hit Wellington.  What follows is the account of what happened, as printed in the March 16th, 1970, issue of the Wellington Daily News.  Unfortunately, for Wellington, this snow storm would not stay the worst in history for long. 
A late winter, unexpected snowstorm—the worst on record here in Wellington in more than 30 years—fell during the night and early today.  According to Lynn Burris, local caretaker of government weather instruments, the snowfall measured eleven inches.  
Many schools, all in United School District No. 353, which includes the Wellington schools, Rome, and Mayfield, were closed.  While all highways remained open, as was the Kansas Turnpike, driving was slow and hazardous both inside the city, and on the roads.  
Reports were that many cars were off the roads in the ditch.  Many were unable to make it to work this morning, being unable to get out from their driveways.  This was especially true of those living in the country.  
Driving about town was bad with many cars getting stuck both downtown backing out from the curb and over the city.  The city street department began early trying to rid some of the snowfall to improve driving conditions.  
The record breaking, surprise snowfall started before midnight Sunday, at which time there was some lightning, thunder, and rain.  The snow continued during the night and by morning, Weatherman Burris reported the fall to measure better than ten inches.  
According to Burris, today’s snowfall was the heaviest since he took over the job of handling the Wellington weather records, which was in Sept. of 1942.  He said the records show that on Feb. 7, 1938, there was a snowfall here of nine inches.  That same year, on April 8, another heavy snowfall measured seven and a half inches.  
Of great benefit to the wheat and grass was the big snow, according to County Agent Sam Rowe, who said the need for moisture was beginning to be critical.  
The official moisture derived from the eleven inches of snow was .47 inches, according to Weatherman Burris.  Only .14 inch of moisture had been recorded so far this month and both January and February were dry months.