Wichita weather: Heavy snow, with winds picking up by afternoon

The heaviest snowfall of the season will blanket the Wichita area with upwards of 9 inches of snow by the end of the day, according to the National Weather Service.

While winds will not be much of a factor during the bulk of the snowfall, forecasters say, north winds intensifying in the afternoon could cause blowing and drifting. Highs will top out in the mid-20s, with northerly winds gusting to 25 miles an hour by late afternoon and evening.

Light snow will linger into early Wednesday, with lows dipping to the mid-single digits and wind chills plunging to the negative teens. Wednesday should see the snow end, with bitter cold settling over the region, forecasters say.

Wednesday appears poised to be the coldest day of the winter, with a high only nudging double digits. Wind chills will hover around -15 during the day. Lows will fall below 0 early Thursday, with chances for more snow arriving in the forecast.

Thursday’s high may not top Wednesday’s, forecasters say.

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