Monthly Archives: January 2013

Snow band prompts significant weather advisory for Wichita area

A narrow band of light to moderate snow has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a significant weather advisory for eight counties in and east of the Wichita metropolitan area.

The advisory includes Sedgwick, Butler, Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Montgomery, Sumner and Wilson counties.

At 12:40 p.m. Thursday, light to moderate snow extended along a line from Derby to Atlanta to Howard to Sedan, the weather service reported. The band was drifting southeast and may cause limited visibilities at times. Numerous accidents were reported in west Wichita over the noon hour.

The snow isn’t expected to amount to more than a dusting, weather officials said, but that will still be enough to make elevated roadways slick.

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

Snow flurries in Wichita, but they won’t last long

Snow is making a rare – for this winter, at least – appearance in Wichita today.

But it won’t amount to much, according to the National Weather Service. A snow band about 30 miles wide is moving through the metropolitan area as noon approaches, and it’s expected to provide a dusting or perhaps .10 of an inch before flurries end.

Wichita weather: Still windy, still cold

Another day of gusty north winds and highs clinging to the 30s awaits the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say.

Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s, with west winds shifting to the north by afternoon and gusting above 25 miles an hour. Skies will be mostly cloudy early before gradually clearing overnight.

Those clearing skies will allow lows to fall all the way into the mid-teens, forecasters say, before Friday sees temperatures rebound to more seasonal levels in the low 40s. South winds in the teens will help the readings recover under mostly sunny skies, with gusts again topping 25 miles an hour.

Wichita’s weekend will be sunny and warmer, forecasters say, with highs in the 50s.

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

Storm spotter training classes in the Topeka area

Storm spotter training classes get under way in less than three weeks in the Topeka area.

Here’s a list of the presentations, which are free and open to the public.

Storm spotter training talk schedule for central and southwest Kansas

The Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service has released its schedule of storm spotter training talks for its coverage area, which includes southwest Kansas and portions of the central part of the state.

They are free and open to the public. Even if you’ve gone to one in the past, I find them worthwhile to see again so you can be kept abreast of new information.

Record-setting tornado fatality drought ends

The national tornado fatality drought came to an end today when a large tornado killed a man in a mobile home in Adairsville, Ga.

There hadn’t been a tornado death in the U.S. since June 24 – a span of 220 days. The previous record tornado fatality drought had been 197 days, ending February 28, 1997, according to Weather Underground.

Until today, Weather Underground reports, the last time the U.S. saw a tornado death was at Venus in Highlands County, Florida, from an EF-0 tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby.

Here’s a brief video of the Adairsville tornado north of Atlanta.

UPDATE: A second fatality has been reported in the Nashville area of Tennessee.

Snowfall totals around Kansas

Wichita officially recorded .10 of an inch from the snow that fell overnight – though it was enough to make the morning commute treacherous in spots around the metropolitan area.

Heavier snow fell in northern Kansas, with more than 5 inches reported in Concordia.

Here’s a map of snowfall in the Wichita area, produced by the National Weather Service.

Here’s a list of snowfall totals for cities in the Topeka branch’s coverage area.

The Dodge City branch of the weather service also has a short list of snowfall totals in southwest Kansas.

Wichita weather: Clearing, windy and cold

Those 70s on Monday will seem a long way away today in the Wichita area, with highs projected to be less than half that.

Morning clouds will gradually move out of the area through the course of the day, forecasters say, but the sunshine will do little to boost temperatures. Highs will only reach the mid-30s, with north-northwest winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour.

Tonight’s low will be in the low 20s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say. Winds will shift to the south-southwest and ease to the single digits.

Thursday will be a bit warmer in Wichita, forecasters say, with highs in the low 40s, mostly sunny skies and light and variable winds.

Temperatures are expected to warm into the 50s for the weekend.

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

Snow flurries for Wichita – and more for points north and northwest

Talk about bipolar weather: Kansas saw 70s on Monday and snow on Tuesday.

An inch or two of snow is expected north and west of the Wichita metropolitan area, the National Weather Service reports, with 3 inches or more possible in northeast Kansas. Less than an inch is expected in southern Kansas, including Wichita.

Wichita weather: One more warm day before temperatures plunge

After coming within a single degree of matching the warmest January temperature in its history, Wichita will get to enjoy one more unusually warm winter day before temperatures take a plunge toward seasonal norms.

Highs today could touch 60 under increasingly cloudy skies, forecasters say. It’ll be another breezy day, with southwest winds in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

A chance of rain arrives late tonight, forecasters say, with sliding temperatures meaning the rain could change to snow early in the morning. Lows are projected to fall into the upper 20s. Winds will shift to the north-northwest and gust to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Highs will top out in the low 40s on Wednesday as skies clear. It’ll still be windy, forecasters say, with northwest winds gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

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