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Blizzard-like conditions for Wichita's Christmas Eve

A winter storm warning is in effect for 20 counties in southcentral Kansas – including the Wichita area – until 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Light freezing drizzle is being reported, along with strong northerly winds. Precipitation is expected to change over to snow later this morning, and the National Weather Service is predicting 1 to 4 inches of snow for Wichita. North winds of 30 miles an hour are alrady buffeting the region, with gusts to 40 mph.

Those winds will intensify as the day progresses to as much as 50 mph gusts, forecasters say. Near white-out conditions will occur later today in the region as the winds whip falling snow around.

Highs will top out in the upper 20s, and wind chills will drop below zero later tonight as the robust north winds persist. More flurries are possible Christmas Day, with highs in the low 20s.

Monitor forecasts closely. For more information on conditions, go to our weather page.