Wichita weather: A chance of rain early

02/28/2014 5:00 AM

02/28/2014 5:30 AM

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.

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