Monthly Archives: February 2013

Storm Fury on the Plains session for Sumner County rescheduled

The Storm Fury on the Plains meeting for Sumner County – scuttled by the winter storm earlier this week – has been rescheduled for March 20.

The storm spotter training class/severe weather safety presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Wellington High School.

Wichita weather: Sunshine, temperatures to encourage thaw

Wichita will increasingly shed its winter blanket today, thanks to a smattering of sunshine and highs in the upper 30s.

Winds will continue to be brisk, forecasters say, with steady breezes in the teens out of the north-northwest. Gusts will approach 25 miles an hour.

The lingering snow cover will allow temperatures to plunge into the low 20s overnight under partly cloudy skies.

Friday will bring with it a slight chance of flurries, forecasters say, before temperatures recover to the mid-30s. The weekend will see temperatures climb into the 40s under partly sunny skies.

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

Wichita weather: Partly sunny and warmer

A bit of sunshine and highs in the upper 30s are in the forecast for the Wichita area Wednesday – conditions that will help the thaw continue from this week’s snow storm.

Northwest winds will be in the teens, forecasters say, with gusts approaching 30 miles an hour. Overnight lows will drop to the low 20s under mostly clear skies. Winds persist in the teens, gusting to about 20 miles an hour.

Thursday should offer more sunshine than today, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 30s. Winds will ease into the single digits out of the north.

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

Snowfall totals from Wichita area

The National Weather Service in Wichita has produced a map showing snowfall totals in the region as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. You’ll see amounts varied quite a bit even in Sedgwick County.

Strother Field storm spotter training talk rescheduled

The National Weather Service in Wichita has rescheduled its Storm Fury on the Plains presentation in Cowley County for March 16.

The presentation, which provides severe weather safety information as well as tips on what to watch for in threatening weather situations, will be at 10 a.m. at the Central Cinema Theaters near Strother Field.

Severe Weather Safety Class postponed in Bentley

Sedgwick County Emergency Management has postponed tonight’s scheduled Severe Weather Safety class in Bentley.

The class has been pushed back to March 26. The class will be at 6:30 p.m. in Bentley’s city building.

Wednesday’s class at Eastborough City Hall is expected to go forward as scheduled, said Cody Charvat, training and exercise officer for the emergency management office.

Blizzard warning canceled for Wichita and south-central Kansas

The National Weather Service has canceled the blizzard warning for the Wichita metropolitan area.

Snowfall has ended in the Wichita area, forecasters say, though strong winds out of the north and northwest mean blowing and drifting will continue to be a problem.

This second strong storm in less than a week dumped 6.8 inches of snow on Wichita and as much as 10 inches in Kingman County, according to the weather service.

Wichita sets record for snowiest month in city’s history

The two potent snow storms in less than a week have combined to give Wichita its snowiest month ever, weather officials say.

The 21 inches of snow this month is the most to fall in any month – not just February, National Weather Service meteorologist Jerilyn Billings said.

The snowfall breaks a record that’s exactly 100 years old: 20.5 inches in February 1913.

The official snowfall total from last week’s storm, 14.2 inches, is the second-most from any snow event in Wichita.

Wichita weather: Snow and blowing snow

While new snowfall is expected to end in the Wichita area by mid-morning Tuesday, forecasters say, gusty winds will continue to create headaches for motorists and road crews.

A blizzard warning will remain in effect until noon Tuesday in the Wichita metropolitan area. Highs will top out in the low to mid-30s, with north winds gusting to nearly 40 miles an hour early in the day before easing into the teens.

Skies will remain cloudy overnight, forecasters say, when lows are expected to dip into the low 20s. Winds will be in the teens out of the northwest, but will gust to nearly 25 miles an hour.

Wednesday should offer some sunshine, forecasters say, along with temperatures in the mid-30s. Winds will remain out of the northwest, gusting to almost 25 miles an hour.

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

Mid-morning snow forecast for Wichita metropolitan area

The National Weather Service has updated its snow forecast, fueled by radar-based projections. Those are decimal points, not dashes, so for Wichita the prediction is 9.1 inches.