Up to 2 inches of snow forecast in Wichita area overnight

A plow removes snow from U.S. 24 near Reno, Kan., on Sunday. More snow is expected to moved across the state Monday.
A plow removes snow from U.S. 24 near Reno, Kan., on Sunday. More snow is expected to moved across the state Monday. Associated Press

There is just no way to sugarcoat this: More snow and more cold is forecast for Monday.

But the good news is that a February heat wave is on the way beginning Wednesday.

The forecast Sunday night called for another 1 to 2 inches of snow in the Wichita area by Monday morning’s commute, followed by a high Monday afternoon of 18 degrees with the low Tuesday morning close to zero, said Robb Lawson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The high on Wednesday is expected to be 38 degrees.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Sunday evening warning residents that travel could be difficult and to prepare for slippery roads. Snow was forecast to begin falling after 10 p.m.

Wichita police were bracing for the new snow.

“The roads, while they are improving, people still need to drive carefully,” Sgt. John Hoofer said during the Sunday police briefing with local media. “We are going to see some refreezing tonight; I would caution them that it is going to be very dangerous.”

The city’s Emergency Accident Reporting Plan has remained in effect since the major storm that dumped nearly 9 inches of snow on Wichita last Tuesday.

“If we can get by this snow event and the cold temperatures, then there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Lawson said. “We’ve got pretty warm temperatures going into the 50s by the weekend.”

Forecasters say the storm will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to other parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and possibly north Texas on Monday.

The weather will spread east into parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama and into the Atlanta area around Tuesday.

Just two weeks ago, Atlanta and other Southern cities were paralyzed by a couple of inches of snow. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal apologized for the unpreparedness and created a task force to look into the problems.

In Pennsylvania, about 38,000 utility customers remain in the dark four days after an ice storm knocked down trees and snapped power lines as yet another winter storm moved through the region. Another 1 to 3 inches of snow was expected Sunday.

The number of customers without power has dropped from a peak of about 850,000 after Wednesday’s storm. Most of the outages are in the Philadelphia area.

Meanwhile, a significant weekend storm disrupted plans across the Northwest, blanketing parts of Washington state with snow while socking Oregon and California with rain.

Seattle-area residents woke up to a rare lowland snow Sunday. Portland city officials sent out a cellphone alert Sunday morning urging residents to stay indoors and avoid travel after freezing rain turned streets and sidewalks into thick sheets of ice.

The National Weather Service says the first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months has produced impressive amounts of rain and snow, but forecasters cautioned Sunday that it would take weeks of similar drenching to end the state’s immediate drought worries.

“This event, while it certainly isn’t going to take us out of the drought, we couldn’t have asked for a better storm,” said meteorologist Scott McGuire in Reno. “We are seeing very, very impressive rainfall and snowfall amounts.”

Freezing rain over the weekend brought treacherous conditions to the Portland metro area, forcing transportation officials to temporarily suspend light-rail and street car services before resuming service Sunday morning.

Parts of the northern San Francisco Bay Area saw sizable amounts of rain along with flash flood warnings. By Sunday, the community of Woodacre, which has the highest base elevation in Marin County, had received more than 10 inches of rain since the storm moved in Friday.

The storm, powered by a warm, moisture-packed system from the Pacific Ocean known as a Pineapple Express, was expected to bring more rain Sunday before moving east.

In other parts of the West, forecasters Sunday warned of avalanche conditions across much of Colorado’s high country as snow continues to fall in the region. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center issued the warning for most of the central and northern mountains through midday Monday.

Contributing: Associated Press and Beccy Tanner of The Eagle.

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