The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 14 counties in south-central Kansas from Thursday night until Saturday morning. The advisory includes the Wichita metropolitan area.
After a cloudy day Wednesday with highs reaching the low 60s, Thanksgiving should bring rain during the day that transitions after 6 p.m. to a mixture of light freezing rain and sleet, weather officials say. Central and western Kansas could see an inch or so of snow after the freezing rain moves through.
Ice accumulations of up to a quarter of an inch are possible on untreated roads, bridges, trees and power lines, according to the weather service. North winds of 15 to 25 miles an hour, combined with icing on trees and power lines, could result in sporadic power outages.
“It could be an issue,” Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service, said of the icing and winds triggering outages.
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Highs in the Wichita area may stay in the upper 20s to low 30s — below freezing, significantly — on both Friday and Saturday.
The counties included in the advisory include Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner and Cowley.
A winter weather advisory for central and southwest Kansas runs from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday. That advisory includes Ford, Stafford, Pawnee, Edwards, Kiowa, Pratt, Seward, Meade, Clark, Comanche and Barber counties.