Punxsutawney Phil may be right, at least as far as Kansas is concerned. The groundhog saw his shadow Sunday, signifying six more weeks of winter. In Wichita, that means a single storm that should arrive late Monday and into early Tuesday may bring more snow than what the city has already had this winter.
National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said Sunday afternoon that models forecasting a winter storm that could dump more than 6 inches of snow on Wichita have remained consistent for days.
“We’re going to get some,” he said. “It’s just a matter of how much.”
Snow likely will begin to fall late Monday into early Tuesday, he said, and it could be heavy snow. Wichita and many parts of central and southeast Kansas could see more than 6 inches by the time the snow stops falling on Tuesday. By comparison, a total of 6.4 inches of snow has fallen on Wichita this winter, he said.
“Once the snow does end on Tuesday, there are some pretty strong winds from the north coming, so if we do get the snow, the wind will be blowing it around into Wednesday,” he said.
In addition to the snow, Wichita also could be enduring the lowest daytime highs it has seen all winter. The predicted highs for Wednesday and Thursday are 10 to 15 degrees, with wind chills below zero, Darmofal said.
“The whole week is going to be cold – some of the coldest days we’ve seen,” he said.
And as soon as this storm passes, more winter weather is on the way, Darmofal said. Forecasters are predicting another winter storm could arrive late Friday and into Saturday.