Latest forecast for Wichita area: as much as 9 inches by Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of eastern Kansas, with as much as 10 inches of snow expected in some parts of the state.

The Wichita metropolitan area is included in the warning, which goes into effect at 6 p.m. As much as 9 inches of snow is possible in Wichita late tonight on through Tuesday afternoon, said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the weather service.

The snow should start late Monday night in the Wichita area, with a couple inches on the ground by daybreak on Tuesday. The heaviest snow for Wichita is likely to come late Tuesday morning and early Tuesday afternoon.

The snow will be followed by strong winds, Smith said, prompting blowing and drifting throughout the region.

“They're going to pick up and get stronger and stronger,” Smith said of the winds. “That’s going to be a huge headache, I think. It’s going to be a mess.”

North winds will be in the low teens early Tuesday, but by evening will be gusting near 30 miles an hour.

The heaviest snow should fall in the Topeka area, Smith said, but several inches of snow is anticipated over much of the state.

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