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Kansans should prepare for wintry weather this weekend

Forecast map by the National Weather Service for precipitation through Saturday morning.
Forecast map by the National Weather Service for precipitation through Saturday morning. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

State officials are urging Kansans to be prepared for a winter storm that could dump as much as 8 inches of snow on parts of the state this weekend.

“This is currently not expected to be a major storm system,” Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, said in a statement. “Just the same, road conditions may become icy and snowfalls could range from less than an inch to eight inches of snow in western parts of the state.

“If you plan to travel, be sure your car emergency kit is stocked, check your tires and antifreeze levels, be sure your gas tank is full and your cellphone is fully charged,” she said.

The heaviest snow from the storm system is likely to fall in far western Kansas – primarily in the southwest corner of the state, said Jaclyn Ritzman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Two waves of wintry precipitation are expected to move through the Wichita area this weekend, Ritzman said. The first will start as rain late Friday before gradually transitioning to snow early Saturday before ending by about 7 a.m.

Another round of light snow is possible late Saturday and early Sunday, Morgan said. But the waves won’t bring much snow – perhaps a half-inch combined.

AccuWeather is projecting perhaps an inch of snow early Saturday for Wichita.

Highs will reach the mid-40s Saturday before a reinforcing shot of cold air plunges highs to the mid-20s on Sunday and Monday.

Morgan said car emergency kits should contain such items as nonperishable food, water, flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, blankets, signal flares, a folding shovel, extra medications and other emergency supplies.

For more winter weather preparedness tips, go online to, or or call the emergency management office in your county, Morgan said.

State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website, or on a mobile device, go to The 5-1-1 line can be called from any phone as well.

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