Daily Archives: 2 January, 2014

New year delivers one of snowiest first days in Wichita history

Just under one inch of snow fell in Wichita on New Year’s Day.

That may not sound like much, but in fact it’s the fourth-snowiest January 1 in Wichita history.

Only 1925, 1948 and 1891 saw more snow on New Year’s Day in Wichita, according to the National Weather Service. Measurable snowfall has only occurred 28 times on Jan. 1 since records began being kept in the city in 1889, said Jerilyn Billings Wright, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Most of those totals were less than an inch, she said.

Ironically, Wednesday’s snowfall made it back-to-back years that snow fell on New Year’s Day. Last year, .7 of an inch fell on Jan. 1.

While 2013 would end up in the top five of snowiest winters in Wichita history, thanks to two late snow storms that each dumped several inches on the city, Billings Wright said snow on New Year’s Day does not mean a snowy winter looms.

In fact, the three snowiest first days came during winters when little snow fell.

In 1925, the 4.2 inches that fell on New Year’s Day amounted to the only measurable snow Wichita recorded all winter.

In 1948, only 4 inches of snow fell all winter, with 3.6 recorded on New Year’s Day.

And in 1891, the 1.5 inches that fell on Jan. 1 was half of the total that fell all winter.

Wichita weather: Sunny but cold

Skies should clear on Thursday in the Wichita area, forecasters say, but the cold weather isn’t going anywhere.

Highs will top out only in the upper 20s, with wind chills dropping below 0 at times. North winds will occasionally reach double digits before easing later in the day, forecasters say.

Lows tonight will slip into the mid-teens under mostly clear skies, then Friday should rebound nicely thanks to the winds shifting to the south. Those winds will gust to more than 35 miles an hour at times, forecasters say, lifting temperatures into the low 40s under sunny skies.

But temperatures will plummet again over the weekend, peaking in the upper 30s Saturday and the upper 20s on Sunday.

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