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Wichita weather: Winter storm warning through early Wednesday morning

Light freezing drizzle is expected in the Wichita metropolitan area and points north of U.S. 400 this morning as a strong winter storm moves into the region.

After a lull this afternoon and early this evening, snow is expected to begin falling this evening and continue through early Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect 4 to 7 inches to fall in the Wichita metropolitan area, with 9 to 12 inches anticipated in southeast Kansas. Central Kansas – generally west of the I-135 corridor – can expect 3 to 5 inches, forecasters say.

Highs will approach freezing today, with north winds blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour. Wind chills will drop to -10 to -20 tonight, when lows will dip to nearly single digits.

Snow will continue through Tuesday and be heavy at times, as the temperature hardly budges from the overnight low and north winds will blast steadily at more than 25 miles an hour, forecasters say. Gusts may top 40 mph. Wind chills will range from -15 to -30 through the day.

Lows Tuesday night are expected to drop below 0, and Wednesday’s high will hardly break double digits as the snow finally ends. The winter storm warning is currently set to expire at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

For more on current conditions, go to our weather page.

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