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.