Daily Archives: 3 February, 2014

Winter storm warning issued for much of eastern Kansas

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of eastern Kansas, with as much as 10 inches of snow expected in some parts of the state.

The Wichita metropolitan area is included in the warning, which goes into effect at 6 p.m. As much as 9 inches of snow is possible in Wichita late tonight on through Tuesday afternoon, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service.

The snow should start late Monday night in the Wichita area, with a couple inches on the ground by daybreak on Tuesday. The heaviest snow for Wichita is likely to come late Tuesday morning and early Tuesday afternoon.

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The snow will be followed by strong winds, Smith said, prompting blowing and drifting throughout the region.

“They’re going to pick up and get stronger and stronger,” Smith said of the winds. “That’s going to be a huge headache, I think. It’s going to be a mess.”

Smith said he expects school districts all over the region to cancel classes for Tuesday. While they might be able to get kids to school in the morning, the heavy snow and blowing and drifting would make getting the children home difficult.

North winds will be in the low teens early Tuesday, but by evening will be gusting near 30 miles an hour.

The heaviest snow should fall in the Topeka area, Smith said, but several inches of snow is anticipated over much of the state.

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Wichita weather: Winter storm watch as strong storm arrives tonight

A strong winter storm will move into the Wichita metropolitan area tonight, bringing what forecasters are projecting to be the heaviest snow of the season.

A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 p.m. today until midnight Wednesday for more than 50 Kansas counties, including Sedgwick and the counties surrounding Wichita.

More than 6 inches of snow is expected over a large portion of southern and eastern Kansas, forecasters say, with blowing and drifting likely by Tuesday night.

Highs today will reach the mid-30s under mostly cloudy skies, with a mixture of wintry precipitation moving in late tonight. Lows will settle in the low to mid-20s.

The precipitation should transition to all snow by early Tuesday morning and become heavy at times, forecasters say. Highs will only climb a few degrees from the overnight low. Winds will be in the upper teens and gusting above 20 miles an hour out of the east and northeast.

Snow should end late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, with lows in the Wichita area sliding into the single digits.

For updates on current conditions, go to our weather page.