Daily Archives: 25 February, 2013

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.

Severe Weather Safety Class in Cheney postponed

Sedgwick County Emergency Management has postponed the Severe Weather Safety class slated for tonight in Cheney.

To accommodate the training schedule of the Cheney Fire Department, the class will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Cheney Fire station.

The class scheduled for Tuesday night in Bentley is still on as planned, officials said, but a decision on postponement will be made Tuesday.

Blizzard warning in effect for Wichita and south-central Kansas

Blizzard warnings are now in effect for 22 Kansas counties, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

The warnings extend until midnight for 14 counties in southwest Kansas – Hodgeman, Pawnee, Stafford, Haskell, Gray, Ford, Edwards, Kiowa, Pratt, Seward, Meade, Clark, Comanche and Barber.

The blizzard warning expires at 6 a.m. Tuesday for Kingman, Reno and Harper counties, and until noon Tuesday for Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Sumner and Cowley counties. Strong north winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour – with higher gusts – will create blizzard conditions and make travel extremely difficult.

Here are a series of maps showing snowfall forecasts from various agencies and media outlets. The differences are due to uncertainty about how far south the center of the storm will track, and how soon rain will change to snow.

The first map shows the National Weather Service forecast.

The next map comes from KWCH, which is predicting less snow for Wichita than the weather service.

The third map is from KAKE. You’ll see the notable variances in the forecasts.

Wichita weather: Heavy snow, strong winds by afternoon

The second strong snow storm to hit Wichita in less than a week is likely to have a deceptive opening act, forecasters say.

Overnight rain is expected to change to snow in time for the morning commute, but folks may spend the morning hours thinking it won’t be as bad as weather officials have been warning for a few days now.

But by afternoon, the snow will be heavy and winds will be gusting to more than 40 miles an hour, forecasters say. That will make the evening commute a potential nightmare for those who don’t leave work early.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for nine counties in southern and south-central Kansas until noon Tuesday. The Wichita metropolitan area is included in the warning.

Wichita could see up to 14 inches from this storm, according to the National Weather Service. Lesser amounts are expected north of Hutchinson and Newton.

“The strong north winds combined with moderate to heavy snow will cause major blowing and drifting snow that will frequently reduce visibilities to less than one-half mile in many areas,” the agency’s warning stated. “Drifts could reach two or three feet. Travel will be dangerous and is greatly discouraged.”

The snow and strong winds are expected to continue through Monday night into early Tuesday morning forecasters say. Winds will begin to ease Tuesday afternoon, and the rest of the week appears likely to give Wichita a chance to begin digging out from this latest winter salvo.

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