Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wichita weather: Warmer, but wind chills remain bitter

Wichita should crawl above the freezing mark today, forecasters say, but wind chills will still make residents shudder while they’re outdoors.

Those wind chills will approach negative double digits at times, thanks to southerly winds that will gust to nearly 30 miles an hour at times. Skies will be mostly sunny, forecasters say, before more clouds move in late in the day.

Lows on Christmas Eve will drop to the low 20s as skies again gradually clear. Winds will shift from the south to the north overnight.

Christmas Day should be sunny, slightly warmer and more pleasant in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Highs are expected to climb into the upper 30s with west winds staying in the single digits.

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

Area snowfall totals from this weekend

The National Weather Service has put together a map showing snowfall totals in the Wichita area and around the region. Officially, Wichita recorded 3.2 inches.

More than 15 inches fell in Larned in central Kansas and heavy snow was also reported in eastern Kansas.

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Wichita weather: Bitter cold, clearing skies

Expect a bitterly cold day in the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs will not climb out of the teens, with early snow flurries making way for clearing skies later in the day. North winds will stay in the single digits.

Lows tonight will drop near 0, with wind chills dipping nearly to the negative double digits, forecasters say. Winds will be light and variable, shifting from the east-southeast to the south overnight.

Tuesday should offer more sunshine, forecasters say, with temperatures rising into the low 30s. Wind chills will still be harsh, however, dipping into the negative teens. South winds will be in the teens, gusting to 25 miles an hour at times.

A few clouds will move in Tuesday night, when temperatures bottom out in the low 20s. Christmas Day should be sunny, with highs in the mid-30s.

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

Snowfall projections for this weekend’s storm

How much snow will Kansas get from this first potent winter storm of the season for many residents? Here are a few projections:

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Chance Storm “sings” Christmas carols

You may remember Chance as the automated voice on NOAA’s weather radios. Here he is “singing” a Christmas carol…though if you ask me, it’s more of a rap.

Wichita weather: Much colder as winter storm closes in

The 60s are history for the Wichita area, with Friday’s projected highs nearly 30 degrees colder than the day before.

North winds will be blustery, blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. Highs may not top the freezing mark in the low 30s, forecasters say.

Freezing rain is possible early Saturday morning in the metro area, with lows in the mid-20s and light east-northeasterly winds. Freezing rain and sleet are expected off and on during the day Saturday before the precipitation changes over to snow late in the afternoon, forecasters say. Highs will again be in the low 30s, with light north winds.

Snow continues Saturday night and into early Sunday morning and could be heavy at times, forecasters say. Lows will settle in the low 20s, with north winds in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Light snow is possible again on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies and a high in the mid- to upper 20s.

Check forecasts and conditions regularly for the latest snowfall accumulation projections.

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National Weather Service video briefing on weekend winter storm

Wichita weather: One more warm day before wintry weather arrives

Thursday will offer one last batch of 60s before a winter storm blows into Kansas, forecasters say.

Skies will be cloudy, with south winds in the teens and gusting to about 20 miles an hour. The arriving cold front will switch winds to the north, gusting to more than 30 miles an hour and dropping lows to the low 20s.

Friday will see highs only reach the low 30s, forecasters say, with cloudy skies gradually clearing and blustery north winds easing in the afternoon. Lows will settle in the mid-20s overnight, with a chance of freezing drizzle arriving shortly before dawn and continuing through the morning.

The precipitation may change to rain Saturday afternoon, forecasters say, with highs creeping toward the mid-30s. A mix of wintry precipitation – freezing rain, sleet and snow – is likely Saturday night in the Wichita area before it completes a transition to snow early Sunday morning.

Snow is expected Sunday, along with blustery conditions. Check later forecasts for accumulation projections.

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Forecast models suggest snowy weekend for Wichita

If you need snow to get into the holiday spirit, Old Man Winter appears ready to oblige the Wichita area.

Forecast models indicate measurable snowfall is likely to move into the Great Plains this weekend, with some areas receiving several inches of snow and others a hearty rainfall.

National Weather Service meteorologists say early indications suggest 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible in Wichita Saturday night into Sunday, though it’s too early yet to offer meaningful snowfall amount forecasts. Much will depend on how soon temperatures drop below freezing and allow rain to transition over to snow, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Wichita branch.

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Wichita weather: Warm and windy

Wichita can expect another batch of 60s today – and plenty of wind to go along with it, forecasters say.

Highs should reach the low 60s under mostly sunny skies, with south winds in the teens intensifying in the afternoon into the 20s. Gusts could approach 35 miles an hour at times.

Overnight lows will only drop to the low 40s tonight, forecasters say, with clouds moving in to prevent more of the day’s heat from escaping the surface. Winds will remain hearty out of the south, blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to more than 25 miles an hour.

Thursday appears poised to offer another round of 60s for the Wichita area, forecasters say, with skies remaining mostly cloudy and south winds easing to single digits.

A cold front arrives overnight Thursday, forecasters say, sending temperatures plummeting into the 20s for lows. There’s a chance of drizzle, with north winds in the teens and gusting to more than 30 miles an hour.

Friday will be clear and cold, forecasters say, with highs in the low 30s. Snow is expected over the weekend in the Wichita area, so stay tuned for updated forecasts.

Early indications suggest Wichita could receive 2 to 4 inches Saturday night and Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Current conditions can be found at our weather page.