Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wichita weather: Plenty of clouds, with highs in the 50s

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-50s under mostly cloudy skies today in the Wichita area.

Winds will be light and variable, forecasters say, with showers moving in overnight. Lows will settle in the mid-40s.

Friday offers another decent chance of showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs creeping into the low 60s. Winds will be light out of the south, occasionally nudging double digits.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the weekend, with highs in the mid-60s.

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

Wichita weather: Windy and warmer

The warmup continues in the Wichita area today, forecasters say, with highs climbing into the low-50s under mostly cloudy skies.

Winds will be steady in the upper teens out of the southeast, easing into the single digits by late in the day. Overnight lows will slide into the upper 30s, forecasters say, with a few clouds and winds shifting to the east and becoming light.

A chance of rain arrives Thursday, which will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-50s. Winds will be light and variable, forecasters say.

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

Storm spotter training class tonight in Bentley

A storm spotter training class postponed by the second strong snow storm of late February will be held tonight in Bentley.

The class will be at 6:30 p.m. at the city building, 150 S. Wichita, said Cody Charvat, training and exercise officer for the Sedgwick County Emergency Management office.

The course, also dubbed a “severe weather safety class,” is free and open to the public.

Wichita weather: Sunny and a bit warmer

Sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected in the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to climb into the mid-40s today. While that’s still more than a dozen degrees below normal for late March in the Wichita area, it’ll be a marked improvement over Monday. Winds will be light and variable.

Lows tonight will settle in the low 30s under mostly clear skies. Winds will be light out of the southeast, occasionally touching double digits.

Wednesday will see more clouds roll in, as well as warmer air. Forecasters say highs will reach the mid-50s.

Chances for rain arrive Thursday and Friday, along with highs in the 60s.

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

Precipitation totals from over the weekend

The snow that fell this weekend in the Wichita area was a heavy, wet snow, forecasters say. That helped boost the moisture content – good news for an area still trying the free itself from the shackles of a long-term drought.

Southern Kansas still needs as much as 3 inches to ease the drought, according to the national drought monitor – though local forecasters say that the number is actually closer to 6 inches.

Snowfall totals for Wichita area from weekend storm

Wichita received more than 5 inches of snow from this weekend’s storm, according to the National Weather Service. Eastern sections of the city received a bit more than that, based on reports.

This latest snowstorm means 2013 is one of the snowiest winters in Wichita’s history, breaking into the Top 6 with 29.8 inches so far. A warming trend will help the snow melt quickly.

Wichita weather: Morning flurries possible

A few snow flurries are possible in the Wichita area Monday morning, forecasters say.

Temperatures will top out in the mid-30s under mostly cloudy skies. Northwest winds will be steady in the upper teens to low 20s, with gusts touching 30 miles an hour.

With snow cover still widespread and skies gradually clearing, lows will dive into the teens overnight. Winds will ease somewhat, forecasters say, but gusts will still top 20 miles an hour.

Tuesday is expected to launch a gradual warming trend through the rest of the week, forecasters say. Highs will climb into the mid-40s under sunny skies, but light north winds will make the day more comfortable.

Overnight lows will drop into the upper 20s and skies should be mostly clear. Southerly winds will be light.

Wednesday is likely to offer more sunshine and highs in the mid-50s, forecasters say.

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Snowfall forecast dwindles for Wichita

The National Weather Service is now projecting a trace to 2 inches of snow for Wichita from the approaching winter storm.

Computer models are now suggesting the storm track has ticked north a bit, forecaster Kevin Darmofal said, so temperatures will stay warm enough that rain won’t change to snow until late Saturday night.

Northern Kansas and southern Nebraska will see heavier snow, Darmofal said, and most of Kansas will receive “beneficial precipitation” in some form – rain or snow.

“That’s the good news,” Darmofal said.

The bad news if anyone traveling north from the Wichita metropolitan area could experience issues with road conditions, so stay tuned to the evolving storm.

Will it be 2 inches of snow for Wichita? Or closer to 10?

Interesting contrasts in snowfall forecasts for the Wichita area being offered by two different forecasting agencies.

The National Weather Service is projecting 2 to 5 inches for Wichita, while AccuWeather’s forecast has a band of 6 to 12 inches stretching as far south as Wichita.

It’s possible AccuWeather’s map keeps the 6 to 12 inches just north of Wichita, and weather service forecasters have told me northern portions of Sedgwick County will receive more snow than Wichita. I guess we’ll get our answer this weekend.

Wichita weather: Cloudy skies, with a chance for 50

On the day before another winter storm unleashes on Kansas, Wichita will have a rather tranquil Friday.

Highs may reach 50 under mostly cloudy skies, forecasters say. Winds will be light out of the north-northeast.

A chance for rain and snow arrives after midnight, with lows settling into the mid-30s. Winds will shift to the east-northeast and strengthen into the teens, with gusts topping 20 miles an hour.

Rain and snow are likely on Saturday, with temperatures only climbing a few degrees from the overnight low.

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