On Ronelle’s Radar: Winter storm will bring weekend travel troubles

Weather Blog

Our next storm system is currently centered in the Southwestern U.S. but we’re already starting to see some moisture just ahead of it. Drizzle, freezing drizzle, and a wintry mix is being picked up on radar in Western and Northern Kansas this morning.

Slick spots are possible, also due to freezing fog in Northwestern Kansas where there’s a Dense Fog Advisory until 8am.

Some drizzle or a few light rain showers are possible in Central and Eastern Kansas, there could be some wet flakes or freezing drizzle around and north of I-70. Highs will mainly be in the 30s and 40s since we won’t get as much sun today.

The chance of some light wet or wintry weather continues into the night which is when our next storm will start to cut through Kansas, wrapping colder air into the Northwestern corner of the state first.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect late Friday night through Saturday. You can get an idea of where the bulk of the storm is expected to track based on the orientation of the blue shaded counties.

Rain will change to snow after midnight and spread through Northwestern Kansas, Southwestern Kansas will wake up to heavy snow by sunrise Saturday.

Wind gusts could reach 50-60mph which will create white out conditions and ultimately, blizzard conditions. Rain will be around Central Kansas during the morning. Rain starts changing to snow by midday in North Central Kansas.

Snow continues during the afternoon while there could be some rumbles in South Central and Eastern Kansas. There will be a quick change to snow showers or a mix in the Wichita Metro but it won’t last long.

Wintry weather moves out late in the evening. There will be a narrow band of significant snowfall amounts between Western and North Central Kansas, this is where road conditions and travel will be dangerous.

There’s still time for subtle changes to occur which could shift the track of the storm and shift amounts so please stay tuned. After Saturday we’ll get a well deserved break from active weather. There will be another cool down the middle of next week that could spark some moisture but that doesn’t look likely at this time.

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