Winter weather, especially ice storms, tend to be rare in October. However, on October 23, 2002, freezing drizzle and freezing rain occurred over much of southwest Kansas. The biggest impacts related to the storm were ice accumulations of an eighth to a quarter of an inch across far southwest Kansas from Johnson to Elkhart, east through Sublette and Meade. Damage to trees and power lines extended as far east as Stafford County. Approximately 100 customers in Liberal were without electricity due to the downed power lines.
Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library