Category Archives: Winter

From Dodge City to Maine

So many winter storm watches are in effect Tuesday afternoon, they stretch from Dodge City to Maine.

Friday night’s weather

Here’s a map from the National Weather Service showing what eastern Kansas can expect from tonight’s wintry precipitation:

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Bitter cold arrives tonight

A robust arctic front will bring bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills to Kansas tonight and tomorrow.

Here’s a graphic produced by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service:

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A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight tonight until 11 a.m. Thursday for more than 90 counties in Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Lows will dip close to or below 0 in the region by dawn Thursday, said Suzanne Fortin, meteorologist in charge of the branch. Wind chills will be as low as -15 in Wichita and colder north of the metropolitan area.

“It’s going to be a really cold early start (to the day) and then not warming up too much,” Fortin said.

Highs will top out in the upper teens in Wichita. Temperatures will slide back into the single digits early Friday morning, but Fortin said a wind shift to the south will allow Friday’s highs to recover into the 30s.

Polar vortexes are nothing new

We heard an awful lot about the polar vortex that brought brutally cold air and record low temperatures to much of the nation earlier this month.

Many people were talking as if this was something new and virtually unheard of – but it’s not, as this graphic put together by the New York City branch of the National Weather Service explains.

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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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National Weather Service video briefing on weekend winter storm

Winter weather advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m.

A winter weather advisory for the Wichita area goes into effect at 6 p.m. today and continues until 6 p.m. Friday.

Light rain should transition into a wintry mix late this afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith said.

“It could be around the drive time,” Smith said.

Forecasters aren’t expecting heavy freezing rain, but “just a little bit can cause headaches,” he said. “Bridges and overpasses, that’s still going to be a problem.”

The wintry mix will continue into the overnight hours, then take a break until shortly before daybreak Friday.

“The morning commute could be a little dicy,” Smith said.

Freezing rain, sleet, ice pellets, snow – “It looks like it’s going to be a little bit of everything,” he said.

Highs won’t reach freezing on Friday and will not climb out of the 30s until early next week.

Blustery north winds will be a constant, gusting to more than 30 miles an hour throughout the period.

Winter has ended…..

…….at least, according to the meteorological calendar.

Meteorological spring begins on March 1. Yes, that’s not the same as the equinox, but the longer days and warmer temperatures are nonetheless evident by the time March arrives. In fact, high temperatures are expected to jump nearly 20 degrees from Saturday to Sunday.

February was a wet month for Wichita and the surrounding area, thanks to the two heavy snows within the span of a week late in the month. As it is, last month was the snowiest in Wichita history, with 21.2 inches of snow recorded at the National Weather Service.

Here’s an NWS map showing precipitation totals for the month.

It snowed on five days in February and rained on four others. The warmest day of the month was 69 on the 17th, with the lowest high being 28 on the 22nd. So those extremes came less than a week apart.

Wichita weather: Snow and blowing snow

While new snowfall is expected to end in the Wichita area by mid-morning Tuesday, forecasters say, gusty winds will continue to create headaches for motorists and road crews.

A blizzard warning will remain in effect until noon Tuesday in the Wichita metropolitan area. Highs will top out in the low to mid-30s, with north winds gusting to nearly 40 miles an hour early in the day before easing into the teens.

Skies will remain cloudy overnight, forecasters say, when lows are expected to dip into the low 20s. Winds will be in the teens out of the northwest, but will gust to nearly 25 miles an hour.

Wednesday should offer some sunshine, forecasters say, along with temperatures in the mid-30s. Winds will remain out of the northwest, gusting to almost 25 miles an hour.

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

Mid-morning snow forecast for Wichita metropolitan area

The National Weather Service has updated its snow forecast, fueled by radar-based projections. Those are decimal points, not dashes, so for Wichita the prediction is 9.1 inches.