Finger on the Weather

A white Christmas Eve for Wichita?

I-70 near the Kansas-Colorado border, looking west (Dec. 23, 2014)
I-70 near the Kansas-Colorado border, looking west (Dec. 23, 2014) Courtesy of KDOT

Measurable snow may come to Wichita after all, according to the National Weather Service.

Narrow snow bands are sliding southeast through the state, bringing moderate snow in brief bursts, meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser said. Where forecasters initially thought Wichita wouldn’t see more than a few flurries mixed with some light rain late in the day, Kleinsasser said a dusting to a half-inch of snow is now possible.

“It could be enough to cover the ground,” he said.

Snow is most likely late in the afternoon and tonight in the Wichita area. Fortunately, he said, it shouldn’t make streets and highways slick.

A white Christmas Eve is the best Wichita can hope for this year, however. Temperatures will reach the upper 30s on Wednesday and the low 50s on Christmas Day.

The same storm system brought a few inches of snow to northwest Kansas, with white-out conditions prompting the closing of I-70 between Goodland and Limon, Colo.

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