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Snow forecasts for Wichita dropping, but winds will still create dangerous conditions

An updated forecast from the National Weather Service now projects Thursday’s snowfall in Wichita to be 2 to 4 inches – lower than initially expected – but strong winds are still expected to create white-out conditions on Christmas Eve.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected with the snow that should fall most of the day Thursday, and that will drop visibility to less than a quarter-mile. In those conditions, travel is virtually impossible, weather officials warn.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for more than 30 counties of southwest and central Kansas, where a glazing of ice and then 4 to 8 inches of snow is now expected to fall by Thursday. Among the cities included in that area are Hutchinson, Salina, McPherson, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Larned, Hays, Ness City, Liberal, Dodge City, Garden City and Scott City.

The storm system’s track and potency continue to evolve, however, so stay tuned to forecasts.