Snow, deep cold in store for next 2 days

Another round of snow is on tap for the Wichita area today, forecasters say, and it could make the evening commute a challenge.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 19 counties in south central and southeast Kansas, including the Wichita area. The advisory is in effect from early this morning until noon Wednesday.

Wichita could see 4 to 5 inches of snow by the time flurries end Wednesday, said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist with the weather service. Counties along the Oklahoma border could see 6 inches, he said.

"It's not going to be as windy with this one as it was last week," Lawson said.

North winds will still top 15 mph, however, causing some blowing and drifting and dropping the wind chill as low as minus-10 at times, forecasters say.

Wichita has received just more than 9 inches of snow so far this winter, said Jerilyn Billings, a meteorologist with the weather service. That's slightly below average but about the same to date as last year.

Another blast of arctic air will push through following the storm system, keeping highs in the teens on Wednesday and the 20s on Thursday. But Lawson said temperatures should recover for the weekend, with highs in the 40s.

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