Wichita weather: Winter storm watch as strong storm arrives tonight

A strong winter storm will move into the Wichita metropolitan area tonight, bringing what forecasters are projecting to be the heaviest snow of the season.

A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 p.m. today until midnight Wednesday for more than 50 Kansas counties, including Sedgwick and the counties surrounding Wichita.

More than 6 inches of snow is expected over a large portion of southern and eastern Kansas, forecasters say, with blowing and drifting likely by Tuesday night.

Highs today will reach the mid-30s under mostly cloudy skies, with a mixture of wintry precipitation moving in late tonight. Lows will settle in the low to mid-20s.

The precipitation should transition to all snow by early Tuesday morning and become heavy at times, forecasters say. Highs will only climb a few degrees from the overnight low. Winds will be in the upper teens and gusting above 20 miles an hour out of the east and northeast.

Snow should end late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, with lows in the Wichita area sliding into the single digits.

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