Daily Archives: 2 May, 2013

Freeze warning for Wichita and surrounding area

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Friday morning that covers more than a dozen counties in central and southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

The warning is in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are expected to be at or below freezing through daybreak. The lowest temperatures, hovering around 28 degrees, are expected to be in the Flint Hills.

The freeze warning is for Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner and Cowley counties.

Among the cities included are Wichita, Hutchinson, Great Bend, Winfield, Salina, McPherson, Marion, Harper, Newton, El Dorado, Kingman, Wellington and Winfield.

Flurries – but no new snow record – for Wichita

While snow flurries fell in Wichita and its suburbs on Thursday, there was no accumulating snow in the region.

That means the record for latest measurable snowfall in a season remains April 24.

Kansas City recorded its first May snowfall since 1907 and Goodland received more than 4 inches in northwest Kansas. Blowing snow shut down I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado line for several hours until Thursday morning.

Farther north in Minnesota, Blooming Prairie reported 18 inches of snow and and West Concord had more than 15.

Other snowfall totals, as reported by The Weather Channel:

Here are the latest peak snowfall totals by state as of late Thursday morning:

Buckhorn Mtn., Colo.: 28.2″
Near Buford, Wyo.: 20″
Near Harrisburg, Neb.: 6.1″
Near Edson and Quinter, Kan.: 4.5″
Forest City and Britt, Iowa: 11″
Beresford, S.D.: 6″
Rice Lake, Wis.: 17″
Ft. Collins, Colo.: 10-16″
Near Boulder, Colo.: 8″
Denver, Colo.: 3.2″
Cheyenne, Wyo.: 12.8″
Omaha, Neb.: 3.1″
Sioux Falls, S.D.: 1.5″
Rochester, Minn.: 13.5″
Des Moines, Ia.: 1.1″

I-70 reopens in northwest Kansas

Conditions have improved enough for I-70 to reopen from Goodland to the Colorado state line.

Blowing snow and snow-covered roads had prompted the closing of the interstate earlier today.

Blowing snow closes I-70 west of Goodland

Authorities have closed I-70 from Goodland to the Colorado state line due to blowing snow.

More than two feet of snow has fallen in parts of northwestern Colorado, and northwest Kansas has widespread reports of several inches of snow.

The precipitation is still falling as rain in the Wichita area, with as much as 1.25 inches reported in the city as of about 7 a.m. Snow is already being reported in Reno County, however, and forecasters are still calling for a dusting of snow in the metro area later today.

Wichita weather: Snow, sleet and rain

A mix of wintry precipitation will glaze the Wichita metropolitan area on Thursday, forecasters say.

Snow, sleet and rain are likely through the morning hours, with rain and snow mixing later in the day. Highs will top out in the low 40s, with north winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour.

The National Weather Service is calling for total snowfall of less than half an inch in Wichita – but that would still be the first measurable snowfall in the month of May in Wichita’s history.

Skies are expected to clear overnight, with lows falling into the low 30s – perhaps even below freezing. North winds will be in the teens, with gusts climbing near 30 miles an hour.

Clouds will increase again on Friday, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the upper 40s. North winds will again have some bite, with steady breezes in the teens and gusts topping 20 miles an hour.

After another night in the 30s, the weekend is shaping up to be warmer, with some sunshine and highs in the 50s and 60s.

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