Wichita weather: Snow, harsh cold, brutal wind chills

Strong north winds are pushing the wind chill to -20 as a winter storm pounds Wichita and much of eastern Kansas.

Two inches of snow have already fallen in Wichita and another two are expected as flurries persist throughout the day and evening, said meteorologist Vanessa Pearce of the National Weather Service.

“With it blowing so hard, it’s going to be hard to tell” just how much snow falls in Wichita – or just about anywhere else in the region, Pearce said.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for the Wichita metropolitan area and portions of north-central Kansas stretching all the way to the Nebraska state line. A blizzard warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for far eastern Kansas, including eight counties in the southeastern corner of the state – where 9 to 14 inches of snow are expected by late tonight.

Highs today may not reach double digits in Wichita, and north winds are gusting steadily at more than 30 miles an hour. Gusts are topping 40 mph.

The winds will ease off only slightly overnight, with gusts to nearly 40 miles an hour and steady breezes between 20 and 30 mph. Lows will drop to near 0. Wind chills could reach -30 overnight, forecasters say.

Wednesday should see the snow end – but not the wind and cold, forecasters say. Highs may barely touch double digits, with wind chills again pushing close to -20. North winds should gust to nearly 30 miles an hour. Lows Wednesday night are expected to drop below 0.

Thursday will see conditions gradually improve, with highs near 20 under sunny skies and light westerly winds. Friday could reach the freezing mark and Saturday’s high is projected to top 40.

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