A winter storm could bring the heaviest snow of the season to Wichita tonight and Friday, forecasters say.
The storm moving up from the Four Corners region of the Southwest could bring a half-dozen inches of snow or more to Wichita and perhaps 10 inches to counties next to the Oklahoma state line.
"It'll mostly fall after dark" today, KWCH meteorologist Merril Teller said. "The heaviest stuff should be letting up around daybreak" Friday.
But flurries could persist into Friday afternoon, forecasters say.
The storm will feature what meteorologists call tight gradients, meaning two locations not far apart geographically could receive vastly different snowfall amounts. Newton, for example, may only get an inch or two.
Winds will blow steadily in the teens out of the northeast, and forecasters say that could lead to some drifting.
But there won't be any near-blizzard conditions like the storm that struck on Christmas Eve, National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said. That storm brought about 3 inches of snow to Wichita.
"It'll be a good storm," Lawson said. "Some areas could see quite a bit of snowfall."
Street crews for the city of Wichita and the Kansas Department of Transportation were already spreading salt brine on streets and roadways Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.
"If we get any sun on Friday — we will have plowed that whole time — we'll be in real good shape for Friday night," KDOT spokesman Tom Hein said.