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.