Rain that began early this morning will turn to snow tonight in the Wichita area as a major winter storm pushes through the Sunflower State.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for a handful of counties in the Wichita area, including Sedgwick, Kingman, Harper and Harvey. The advisory extends from 6 p.m. today to midnight Tuesday.
The storm that is expected to dump as much as a foot of snow in parts of southwest and central Kansas is projected to deliver as much as six inches along and south of a line from Hutchinson to Marion, the weather service states. But the gradients with this storm are steep, forecasters say, which means there will be a sharp drop-off in snowfall amounts within short geographic distances.
Highs today are expected to hit the upper 40s in Wichita, with north-northwest winds in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. Snow is expected to continue overnight into Tuesday, with blizzard conditions possible in the heaviest snow bands. Lows will be about 30, with Tuesday’s high only a degree or two warmer than that.
Snow should taper off by evening, forecasters say, and Wednesday should see sunshine and highs in the mid-30s.
For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page. Monitor forecasts and conditions closely over the next couple of days. Travel – particularly in western and central Kansas – is strongly discouraged on Monday and Tuesday.