Wichita weather: Morning rain, falling temperatures, then a few snow flurries

The best part of Wednesday for Wichita will come in the morning, forecasters say, with temperatures nudging upward into the mid-50s under gray skies.

Then rain will move in and the mercury will slide more than 10 degrees through the rest of the day. Snow flurries may well mix in with the rain by evening, forecasters say, though any snowfall should end by 7 p.m. and no accumulation is expected in the Wichita area.

Snow – heavy at times – is expected farther west in western and portions of central Kansas, however.

North-northwest winds will be strong, blowing steadily at more than 30 miles an hour and gusting to near 50 miles an hour in western Kansas. But those winds will move through the Wichita area later in the day as the cold front slides east-southeast, and gusts in the metro area could easily top 40 miles an hour.

Overnight lows could dip below freezing, and Thursday will be chilly but sunny. Highs may touch 50, forecasters say, with north-northwest winds in the teens. Gusts may top 20 miles an hour.

A warming trend should push highs into the 60s by the weekend.

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