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A gray, drizzly Tuesday for Wichita area

A foggy morning will make way for a drizzly afternoon in the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

Highs should reach the mid-40s and linger there, dropping only a few degrees overnight as the drizzle intensifies into rain on Wednesday morning. A few thunderstorms are even possible in the metropolitan area on Wednesday afternoon, when highs could reach 50.

But that rain is expected to change over to snow and sleet early Thursday morning in the Wichita area, forecasters say, and completely to snow later on Thursday. Anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected in Wichita by the time the snow ends Christmas morning, with winds creating “near white-out conditions” at times, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Sedgwick, Kingman, Harper, Sumner and Harvey counties from Thursday morning until Friday morning. The watch states “very strong north winds of 25 to 35 mph combined with heavy snow will reduce visibilities to less than a quarter-mile at times.”

Monitor forecasts and conditions closely, and go to our weather page for more information.