Monthly Archives: February 2014

Wichita weather: A chance of rain early

Overnight sprinkles may stretch into Friday morning in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs will climb near 50 under mostly cloudy skies, with winds shifting from the south to the north later in the day and gusting above 20 miles an hour at times. Skies will remain mostly cloudy overnight, when the low bottoms out in the lower 20s and northerly winds will gust to more than 25 miles an hour.

A winter storm will move into the area on Saturday, forecasters say, bringing a slight chance of freezing rain in the afternoon as highs struggle to climb above the low 30s. Northeast winds will be in the teens, gusting at times above 20 miles an hour.

Rain and freezing rain are possible later in the afternoon and then freezing rain and sleet are likely through the evening. Winds will become blustery, forecasters say, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour overnight as lows plunge to the low teens.

Sunday will see the wintry precipitation transition over to snow by the afternoon. Temperatures will only climb a few degrees, topping out in the mid-teens.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Saturday evening until late Sunday afternoon or evening in more than 50 counties spanning eastern Kansas. Several inches of snow are possible across central Kansas and north of I-70, with a quarter-inch of ice accumulation prior to the snow in portions of south-central Kansas.

Check later forecasts for updated information on the looming winter storm. For more details on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wednesday’s dusting adds to Wichita’s snowfall total

It wasn’t much more than just enough for folks to leave footprints and have to brush the accumulation off vehicles left outside, but Wednesday’s pre-dawn flurries still added to Wichita’s snowfall total.

Officially, .1 of an inch was recorded, raising Wichita’s total for this winter to 19.5 inches.

And, yes, more snow is on the way. Keep your eye on Sunday.

Wichita weather: Sunny and chilly before wintry precipitation moves in

Sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s are in the forecast for Wichita today, forecasters say.

Snow and sleet are possible after midnight, with a low near 30 and southerly winds gusting at more than 25 miles an hour. Chances for rain and freezing rain will persist through Friday morning, forecasters say.

Temperatures will recover to the upper 40s Friday afternoon, with southerly winds in the teens early and easing to single digits late. Gusts could again reach 25 miles an hour.

Lows Friday night will dip to about 20 under mostly clear skies, forecasters say, and Saturday will be cold as another storm system arrives.

Sleet and freezing rain will be the opening salvo of the storm, forecasters say, before it turns into snow on Sunday. Check later forecasts for accumulation projections.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny and cold

Any snow flurries that dotted the air in the Wichita area early Wednesday morning are likely to be a memory by mid-morning, forecasters say, with skies clearing and the temperature climbing to the upper 30s.

Winds will be light and variable, staying in single digits. Overnight lows will dip to the low 20s under clear skies, with light winds switching from the south to the north as dawn nears.

Thursday should see clouds moving in, forecasters say, with highs in the low 40s. North winds will intensify, blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to more than 25 miles an hour.

A chance of freezing drizzle arrives after midnight, forecasters say, and will persist through Friday morning. Any precipitation in the Wichita area is expected to transition to rain by Friday afternoon, when highs peak in the upper 30s.

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

Wichita weather: Cold and windy

Winter returns to the Wichita area Tuesday, when highs will top out in the low 30s.

North winds will be in the teens, forecasters say, with gusts near 30 miles an hour. A chance of snow arrives Tuesday night, with a low near single digits. Winds will ease a bit, but still gust to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Wednesday should see a return of sunshine, forecasters say, and highs in the upper 30s. Winds will ease to single digits and switch from the north to the south.

Lows Wednesday night will settle in the low 20s under clear skies, and Thursday will warm up a bit. Highs are expected to climb into the low 40s under sunny skies.

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

Wichita weather: 40s and sunshine

It’ll be sunny in the Wichita area today, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 40s.

Winds will be in the teens out of the east, then shift to the south and southeast. Overnight lows will slip into the mid-20s under partly cloudy skies, with winds light and variable.

Tuesday will be colder, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the mid-30s under mostly sunny skies. North winds will be in the teens, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour at times.

It’ll be a cold night, too, with lows in the teens and a few clouds in the sky. North winds will remain gusty, topping out near 30 miles an hour again.

Wednesday won’t be much warmer, forecasters say, with highs only in the mid-30s.

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

A kitchen sink kind of weather day for Wichita

The “current conditions” report for the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service listed “Light Rain, Snow, Fog/Mist and Windy.”

That’s about five different kinds of weather at once. It’s as if Thursday wasn’t sure what it wanted to be, so it’s being many different things at once.

Oh, and sunshine made a cameo appearance as the morning reached its final furlong.

High wind warning in effect for Wichita area this morning

A high wind warning is in effect for portions of the Wichita metropolitan area until 11 a.m. today.

Sedgwick, Sumner, Harvey, Saline and McPherson counties are included in the warning area, with winds of 50 miles an hour or more expected. Wichita has already seen its high temperature for the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said. That was 60 shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The temperature had fallen to 41 in little more than three hours, and snow is possible in the area later this morning.

“It’s possible we could get a little bit” of accumulation, Pearce said, “but the main thing will be the wind.”

Those winds are knocking power lines down around Wichita, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Downed power lines were blocking three lanes of traffic at Harry and Edgemoor, and power outages were reported in north Wichita as well.

The emergency communications center was relying on a generator for power after electricity was knocked out there, a dispatch supervisor said. Westar Energy reported about 4,000 customers in Sedgwick County were without electricity shortly after 8 a.m.

Winds will ease later today, however, and Friday could still see highs top 60.

Wichita weather: A chilly, blustery day

A mixture of rain and a few snow flurries are possible Thursday morning in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

It’ll be a chilly, blustery day, with wind gusts threatening to climb higher than the temperature. Highs are expected to reach the upper 40s, with northwesterly winds in the 20s and 30s by late morning. Gusts could top 45 miles an hour.

Skies will clear later in the day, forecasters say, with overnight lows sliding to the upper 20s. Winds will remain blustery, however, topping 30 miles an hour occasionally.

Friday will offer sunshine and highs near 60, forecasters say, with winds shifting to the south-southwest and remaining robust. Gusts could approach 25 miles an hour.

Forecasters say the weekend should see highs in the 40s under mostly sunny skies.

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

Wichita weather: Clouds move in, bringing a chance for late rain

Wichita won’t see another 70-degree day today, forecasters say, but there could be some rain late in the day.

Highs will top out in the upper 50s under increasingly cloudy skies, with southeasterly winds in the teens and gusts nearing 25 miles an hour. Showers and thunderstorms are possible late tonight, though forecasters say the better chances for rain will be to the southeast of Wichita.

Overnight lows will be in the low to mid-40s, with chances for rain persisting but diminishing into Thursday morning. Highs on Thursday will only be in the low 50s before a cold front pushes through the region and sends temperatures back down toward seasonal norms.

Skies will clear Thursday afternoon, with lows dropping into the upper 20s. Friday’s high will rebound into the upper 50s under sunny skies.

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