Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Bundle up out there

A few snow flurries are dancing in the Wichita area Friday, but meaningful accumulation won’t begin until Saturday morning, forecasters say.

Friday is a good day to bundle up, though, with highs only in the low 20s and wind chills below zero at times. Winds will be light out of the north-northeast.

Fans camping out next to Koch Arena for a seat at ESPN’s GameDay Saturday will endure snow flurries at first, then snow showers after 3 a.m. Lows will be in the mid-teens, with wind chills in the low single digits.

Forecasters are still calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Wichita area, with higher amounts farther north. The heaviest snow appears likely along the I-70 corridor in the eastern half of the state.

Joe Pajor, Wichita’s deputy director for public works and utilities, said street crews are preparing for a “significant storm event,” with snow Saturday and a mixed bag of precipitation Sunday. Crews have already begun pretreating expressways and state routes that they are responsible for in city limits.

The regular work schedule is being adjusted to make “snowfighters” available, Pajor said. Fifty crews will be available to respond to the snow.

If Wichita receives three to four inches of snow, Pajor said, crews will have to plow, which will slow how fast they can work.

Residents should pay attention to forecasts and weather conditions over the weekend, he said. If possible, they should postpone travel.

Snow will continue through early Sunday in the Wichita area, forecasters say, before temperatures warm into the mid-30s and transition the precipitation to rain.

Contributing: Tim Potter of the Eagle

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