Monthly Archives: November 2013

Snow teases Wichita, but doesn’t collect

Measurable snowfall fell as close to Wichita as Colwich on Friday, but residents hoping for a blanket of white will have to wait.

Pratt recorded 2 inches of snow from the storm system that moved through the Sunflower State and Colwich received 1 inch, according to the National Weather Service. Wichita recorded a trace, but that’s not enough to qualify as measurable snow.

Heavier snow fell in western Kansas. Ulysses received 5 inches and Sublette more than 6 inches.

Wichita weather: First measurable snow of the season?

It’ll be a cold, cold day in Wichita today, with highs not expected to climb above freezing and snow flurries mixing with sleet after an overnight sprinkle of freezing rain, forecasters say.

By the time the wintry mix of precipitation is done later today, Wichita could have its first measurable snow of the season.

“Yeah, there’s a chance,” National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

The morning commute could be a bit tricky, particularly on elevated roadways, but Wichita shouldn’t receive as much freezing rain as earlier predictions indicated.

“We got lucky” with the reduced amounts of freezing rain anticipated, Lawson said.

Areas along the Kansas/Oklahoma border could see an inch of snow, with lesser amounts north of there to about U.S. 400.

Highs in the Wichita area will do well to touch 30 today, forecasters say, with north winds in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. The weekend will be cold, with highs in the mid-30s on both days. A chance of sleet and snow reappear in the forecast for Sunday.

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

Winter weather advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m.

A winter weather advisory for the Wichita area goes into effect at 6 p.m. today and continues until 6 p.m. Friday.

Light rain should transition into a wintry mix late this afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith said.

“It could be around the drive time,” Smith said.

Forecasters aren’t expecting heavy freezing rain, but “just a little bit can cause headaches,” he said. “Bridges and overpasses, that’s still going to be a problem.”

The wintry mix will continue into the overnight hours, then take a break until shortly before daybreak Friday.

“The morning commute could be a little dicy,” Smith said.

Freezing rain, sleet, ice pellets, snow – “It looks like it’s going to be a little bit of everything,” he said.

Highs won’t reach freezing on Friday and will not climb out of the 30s until early next week.

Blustery north winds will be a constant, gusting to more than 30 miles an hour throughout the period.

Wichita weather: Falling temperatures on a rainy day

Expect a dreary November day in the Wichita area today, forecasters say, with temperatures sliding throughout a rainy day.

Highs in the low 50s will come early, with a cold front pushing readings to the mid-30s by the evening commute. North winds will be robust, gusting to more than 30 miles an hour at times and blowing steadily in the upper teens to low 20s.

Rain will start to freeze near midnight, forecasters say, and sleet will join the wintry mix in Friday’s early morning hours. Lows will fall into the low 20s.

Freezing rain will continue on Friday, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the low 30s. North winds will be in the teens, gusting again to more than 30 miles an hour.

Wintry precipitation should end later in the day on Friday, but the cold temperatures will linger – and a chance for snow and sleet returns late in the weekend.

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

Wichita weather: A chance of rain, a dash of 60s before cold front arrives

There’s a slight chance of rain early and late in the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs could again reach the low 60s, with south winds in the teens and gusting to more than 25 miles an hour. Thunderstorms are possible early Thursday morning ahead of the cold front pushing through Kansas, with lows in the mid-40s and winds easing to the low teens.

Thursday’s high will come early in the morning, forecasters say, before temperatures begin a gradual descent as the front moves through the metropolitan area. Thunderstorms are possible in the morning, then rain in the afternoon and evening.

Winds will be out of the east, forecasters say, with steady breezes in the teens and gusts approaching 30 miles an hour. Rain could switch over to a wintry mix, including freezing rain, early Friday morning. Sleet and snow flurries are possible later in the day, when highs are only expected to reach the mid-30s.

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

Wichita weather: Plenty of sun, plenty of wind

There will be plenty of sunshine and hearty breezes today in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to climb into the low 60s, with south winds gusting to the mid-30s at times. More clouds will move in late in the day, with a chance of showers arriving in the early hours of Wednesday, forecasters say. Lows will settle in the mid-40s.

Wednesday should be mostly cloudy, forecasters say, with highs in the low 60s and south winds in the teens gusting to about 25 miles an hour.

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

Death toll rises in Sunday’s tornado outbreak

The death toll from Sunday’s tornado outbreak in several states is up to 8, with several more victims in critical condition.

The Storm Prediction Center logged nearly 90 reports of tornadoes in 7 states – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee – though the actual number of tornadoes will almost certainly be much lower due to multiple reports of the same tornado.

A preliminary survey of the tornado that struck Brookport, Ill., indicates the tornado was an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with maximum winds of 145 miles an hour. The tornado, which killed 3 people, was on the ground for 11.5 miles, according to the National Weather Service’s branch in Paducah, Ky.

That’s not the strongest tornado of the outbreak. A tornado that tore through Washington, Ill., was rated an EF4, with winds of at least 170 miles an hour. That tornado killed one person and injured dozens.

Another tornado that killed elderly siblings in the small southern Illinois town of New Minden has also been given a preliminary rating of EF4.

Sunday tornado latest reminder of one myth’s fallacy

Remember that old myth that tornadoes won’t cross rivers?

One of the tornadoes that touched down Sunday and struck Brookport, Ill., seemed to go out of its way to demonstrate the fallacy of the myth. A preliminary assessment of the tornado’s path indicates it crossed the Ohio River not once, but twice.

And it crossed the river going both directions.

The EF3 tornado is blamed for 3 deaths.

Weather officials have been saying for years not to count on myths to protect you when tornadoes threaten – and Sunday’s outbreak provided fresh evidence for their stance.

Wichita weather: Sunny and pleasant

It’ll be nice day for mid-November in Wichita today, forecasters say.

Highs will climb into the low 60s with sunny skies and light southerly breezes. A few clouds will move in overnight, when lows dip into the mid-30s.

Winds will remain light until Tuesday, forecasters say, when they pick up in intensity as the day goes along. Early winds will be in the teens out of the south before they push into the 20s, gusting at times to more than 35 miles an hour. Highs will again push the low 60s under mostly sunny skies.

Clouds will move in Tuesday night, forecasters say, bringing with them a slight chance of showers. Lows will settle in the low to mid-40s.

Wednesday will see only spotty sunshine, forecasters say, with highs again near 60.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny and warmer, but still windy

Highs should top the 60-degree mark today in Wichita, forecasters say, but hearty winds will take some of the warmth away.

Those south winds will reach 25 miles an hour at times under sunny skies. They’ll grow even stronger overnight, with steady breezes in the 20s and gusts topping 30 miles an hour as lows dip to the upper 40s.

There may be periods of drizzle overnight as well, forecasters say.

The weekend will see the wind continue, pushing highs into the low 70s on Saturday with lots of sunshine and into the mid-60s on Sunday.

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