Wichita isn’t going to have a white Christmas, but a winter storm could make travel slippery in the region on Christmas Eve, officials say.
Freezing rain and drizzle is expected to move into the area after midnight tonight, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. The freezing precipitation is expected to last the rest of the night before changing to snow.
“Once it transitions, there’ll be chances of – here and there – a few little snowflakes,” Pearce said.
Nevertheless, roads and elevated surfaces could be slick early Friday morning and well into the day Christmas Eve, authorities say – particularly in the Wichita metropolitan area and north and northeast of the city.
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But there just isn’t going to be enough moisture in the atmosphere to set the stage for a major ice storm or measurable snowfall, she said. At best, Wichita could have a dusting of snow by the time flurries cease on Friday night.
Until then, folks can expect a mostly cloudy day today, with highs in the upper 30s and biting east-southeast winds. Those winds will be in the teens, with gusts of more than 20 miles an hour.
Lows tonight will dip just below freezing as the wintry mix arrives, and Friday’s highs will struggle to push beyond the mid-30s.
Christmas Day will be sunny but cold, with highs in the low to mid-30s, forecasters say. Sunday will offer more of the same.
For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page. And join me for a live webchat on the coming winter storm and the holiday forecast at 11:30 a.m. CDT today.