Monthly Archives: December 2012

Uncertainty abounds for Christmas Day forecast

AccuWeather’s Mike Smith says there’s still plenty of uncertainty about the forecast for Christmas Day, and he spells out why in a post on his blog, Meteorological Musings. In short, bad information in, bad forecast out…….

Wichita weather: A chilly Christmas Eve, then a white Christmas

It’ll be a mostly cloudy and crisp Monday in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with highs reaching the low to mid-30s.

Winds will be light and out of the northeast, staying in the single digits. Those winds will strengthen overnight into the teens, with gusts topping 25 miles an hour. Lows are expected to fall into the mid-teens.

Christmas Day will be cold and blustery, forecasters say, with a good chance of snow. Highs will only touch the low 20s, with north winds in the upper teens and low 20s. Gusts will top 30 miles an hour at times.

About an inch of snow is expected in the Wichita area, though forecasters say that could change if the storm’s track shifts. Lows on Christmas night are expected to drop into single digits, with north winds easing to the low teens after midnight.

Wednesday is shaping up to be sunny but cold, with highs in the low 20s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Sunny and warmer

Expect sunshine and warmer temperatures in the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to reach the upper 40s, with light winds out of the west-southwest. Skies will remain clear overnight, allowing temperatures to drop into the low 20s.

The weekend should be dry and sunny, forecasters say, with highs in the 40s.

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Snowfall map for Wichita area

Here’s a map of the snowfall that accumulated in the Wichita area early Thursday morning. As expected, amounts were not high, but that didn’t prevent the morning commute from becoming a major headache.

Blanket of snow for Wichita as sun rises

An inch of snow fell in Wichita overnight, giving the city its first measurable snowfall of the season.

More than 3 inches fell near McPherson and 2 inches fell near Hillsboro and Goessel, according to the National Weather Service.

Blizzard conditions are being reported in northeast Kansas.

Wichita weather: Very windy and cold, with gradual clearing after the overnight snow

The morning commute could be slick in spots around the Wichita metropolitan area, thanks to the season’s first detectable snowfall.

Perhaps an inch is expected in the Wichita area, and elevated roadways could be slick, said Jim Caruso, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Skies are expected to begin clearing by mid-morning, with highs only reaching the upper 30s. Winds out of the northwest will be in the 20s this morning, dropping to the teens by later in the day. But gusts could top 35 miles an hour.

Skies should be clear by nightfall, allowing temperatures to fall into the teens. Winds will be out of the west by then, easing into the single digits.

Forecasters expect a nice rebound in temperatures by Friday, with highs surging into the 50s under sunny skies. Temperatures will be helped by light south winds occasionally touching double digits.

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Map of snow storm’s impact

Here’s a map generated by the National Weather Service indicating the projected impact of the snow storm moving through Kansas today and tonight.

Winter weather advisory for Wichita area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 10 counties in southern and eastern Kansas – including the Wichita area – beginning at 6 p.m. today.

Two to four inches of snow – with locally higher totals – are possible generally north of U.S. 56, with the highest amounts north of I-70, the agency said in its advisory. Up to one inch is possible in Wichita. In addition, strong north and northwest winds will exceed 40 miles an hour at times, creating near blizzard conditions at times in central Kansas. Widespread blowing and drifting snow is expected.

Rain should change over to snow at about 8 p.m., NWS meteorologist Paul Howerton said, and the storm system should move through by about 4 a.m. Thursday. The advisory expires at 6 a.m. and covers Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Kingman and Sedgwick counties.

Wichita’s first measurable snow of the winter?

Wichita could see its first accumulating snowfall of the season tonight – though it’s not expected to amount to much, forecasters say.

The city could see an inch or less of snow from the winter storm that is bringing blizzard conditions to western and central Kansas today. Highs could reach the low 50s today before the front arrives, forecasters say.

There’s a slight chance of rain by mid-afternoon, then rain will change to snow late tonight and continue through the night hours. It’ll be windy as well, forecasters say, with north-northwest winds in the teens increasing into the 30s by evening. Gusts will climb into the mid-40s.

Wichita actually recorded a trace of snow in early November, though that may have slipped many a mind given the multitude of unusually warm days in the area since then.

Motorists will want to watch for slick spots tonight and early Thursday, officials say. Thursday should be sunny, as the fast-moving winter storm departs from the region. Highs are expected to climb into the low 40s, forecasters say, with northwest winds backing off from gusts in the 30s to steady breezes in the low teens.

It’ll be cold Thursday night, with lows falling into the low 20s under mostly clear skies. Friday should be warmer still, forecasters say, with highs reaching the 50s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Rain moves in

Wichita appears likely to see its first precipitation of the month later today, forecasters say.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move into the region this afternoon and tonight. Highs are projected to reach the upper 50s under mostly cloudy skies. South winds in the teens will intensify into the 20s, with gusts topping 30 miles an hour.

Depending on the storm system’s track and speed, a quarter-inch or perhaps a half-inch could fall in Wichita, according to the National Weather Service.

Light rain and patchy drizzle should continue through most of the night, forecasters say. Lows are expected to bottom out in the low 40s, with winds remaining robust out of the south and gusting above 30 miles an hour.

Sunshine should return over the weekend, with highs in the mid-50s on Saturday and the upper 40s on Sunday.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.