Daily Archives: 19 December, 2012

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.