Winter Weather Advisory issued for Wichita area and a dozen other counties

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 13 counties in southern and central Kansas, effective from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The advisory includes Wichita, Hutchinson, El Dorado, Newton, Wellington, Augusta, Anthony, Cottonwood Falls and Marion.

A mix of freezing drizzle and light snow is expected to develop across portions of central and south central Kansas tonight and continue into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The precipitation will initially be light snow, with up to 2 inches possible by sunrise Tuesday.

The precipitation will then change over to a mix of light snow, freezing drizzle, sleet and freezing rain during daylight on Tuesday. Some glazing of elevated surfaces is possible, and roads could become slick as a result of the mix of freezing precipitation.

Total snowfall and sleet accumulations will range from 2 to 4 inches along U.S. 50 to 1 to 3 inches along a Kingman to Wichita line, the National Weather Service reports.

The precipitation will change back to light snow Tuesday evening. Surface winds will increase to 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts of up to 35 mph. This will lead to dangerous wind chills overnight on Tuesday and possibly some blowing snow.