Daily Archives: 20 February, 2014

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.