First snow flurries could fall in Wichita area today

11/02/2011 12:00 AM

11/02/2011 6:04 AM

Kansas will get its first widespread taste of winter — and Wichita could see its first snow flurries — from a storm system rolling in from the Rockies this morning.

Travel may be difficult at times in portions of western and central Kansas as north winds could blow steadily at 30 to 35 mph and gust to 50 mph or more, forecasters say.

"There could be some spots that see 3 to 4 inches of snow," said Mike Umscheid, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City. "It could be interesting — that's for sure."

A blizzard warning has been posted for the northwest corner of Kansas, including Goodland, where 3 to 6 inches of snow is forecast.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of today in southwest and portions of central Kansas.

The heaviest snow could fall west of a line from Dodge City northeast to Hays, Umscheid said.

Snow could fall at a rate of an inch or two an hour at times, he said.

It will be a raw Wednesday in the Wichita metropolitan area, said Jim Caruso, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service. Today's high in the low 50s will come in the morning, with temperatures falling as the day progresses.

A "few wet flakes" of snow could fall late today in Wichita, Caruso said, but no accumulation is expected.

"This will be a nice little reminder that, 'Hey, we're coming up on winter,' " Umscheid said.

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