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Wichita may see a few snow flurries early Thursday

A car drives slowly down an ice-covered First Street in late December. For the season, Wichita has logged just .8 of an inch of snow.
A car drives slowly down an ice-covered First Street in late December. For the season, Wichita has logged just .8 of an inch of snow. File photo

Wichita could see more snow early Thursday morning, but don’t bother shaking the cobwebs off your snow shovel.

“If we even see any snow, it may be some flurries,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Ketcham said.

Current forecasts call for any snow to fall after midnight on Wednesday. At most, Ketcham said, a trace of snow may fall.

.8 Wichita’s snow total this winter

That doesn’t sound like much, but it would match last Friday as the heaviest snowfall in Wichita since January. For the season, Wichita logged just .8 of an inch of snow.

That’s not the lowest amount of snow to ever fall in a winter in Wichita, but it’s close. Just .7 of an inch fell during the winter of 1922-23, weather service records show. This winter’s .8 of an inch ties 1903-04 for second on the list.

Two meteorological winters — stretching from December through February — recorded no snow at all: 1991-92 and 1922-23.

Don’t expect to build a snowman based on what’s to come in the flickering embers of winter, either.

“For about the next 10 days, we get into this wavy pattern: cool down, warm up, cool down, warm up,” Ketcham said.

The warm spells may sound nice, he said, but they will continue to feature the strong, gusty winds that have buffeted Kansas over the past few weeks.

“That’s March for you,” Ketcham said.

Spring is officially here, but that doesn’t mean the region’s dry spell is ready to change with the season. Forecast models indicate “no appreciable moisture” for the Wichita area over the next 10 days, Ketcham said.

“There’s nothing real spectacular or big soaking-type stuff,” he said.

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