Daily Archives: 23 April, 2013

Wichita sets snowfall record

A band of snow that moved through Wichita late Tuesday night brought at least .2 of an inch of snow to the city – the latest measurable snowfall in Wichita since records began being kept in 1889.

The previous record was April 20, 1918.

To put that date into perspective, World War I was still raging.

Records falling throughout the region on a wintry day in late April

Nearly 10 inches of snow fell in Goodland.

Temperatures fell well below freezing throughout much of Kansas.

Not surprisingly, many records fell on a startlingly cold day for late April in the Sunflower State.

“It’s a record cold day,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said.

The 9.2 inches of snow that fell in Goodland overnight is the most on record this late in the season, according to the National Weather Service.

Records aplenty fell in Wichita today as well. The record low of 34 from 1996 was bettered by a single degree early this morning – after sunrise, no less – and temperatures could fall still more after sunset tonight.

Today’s high of 37 actually came at 2 a.m., Darmofal said, and readings fell as the morning lengthened.

The record low high temperature for April 23 in Wichita took a beating. The old record from 1931 was 47, meaning the new mark is a full 10 degrees colder.

“We really shattered it,” Darmofal said.

Russell and Salina also set records for low high temperature, and Russell’s overnight low broke the record by one degree.

“This may be winter’s last gasp this spring,” Darmofal said.

But he’s not ready to guarantee it yet, even though May arrives next week.

“That’s the only thing that’s saving us, is time,” he said.

Rainfall totals in Wichita area offer some robust numbers

As you can see from this map, the Wichita metropolitan area got a nice soaking over the past 24 hours (as of 7 a.m. today, at least).

It was a mighty cold rain, with temperatures hovering in the low to mid-30s most of the day.

Wichita weather: Wintry mix may make morning commute slippery

A mix of wintry precipitation could make some stretches of the morning commute slippery in the Wichita metropolitan area Tuesday.

Snow, freezing rain and sleet could make elevated roadways slick early in the morning, according to the National Weather Service. But there shouldn’t be any meaningful accumulation from this blast of winter in late April.

Highs should reach the low to mid-40s by afternoon, and roads should be fine for the drive home from work. Winds will be robust out of the north, blowing steadily in the upper teens to mid-20s, with gusts topping 35 miles an hour.

Overnight lows are projected to drop to the upper 20s in Wichita, which would mean a hard freeze for local crops and vegetation. Highs Wednesday under mostly sunny skies are expected to rebound into the upper 50s.

The warmup will continue through the week, reaching the 60s on Thursday and the 70s through the weekend.

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