A weather system over the southwestern states has already brought 1-4 inches of snow in New Mexico. It’s set to move through Kansas the next 24-36 hours, bringing a return to wintry weather. While the precipitation initially will struggle to overcome the dry air beneath the clouds, eventually the air will become saturated enough to allow the moisture to reach the ground.
Rain and snow will be developing initially in western Kansas and will then overspread into the Wichita and Salina areas well after Midnight.
As the moisture moves in, overnight lows will drop to the 20s and 30s.
For Friday, we’ll see off and on rain around Wichita with a wintry mix and snow in the central, northern and western parts of the state.
After mild weather recently, Friday will be drastically cooler with highs in the 30s and 40s!
Wichita may see a few snowflakes mixing in the late day or Friday evening, but it will be brief before the system departs to our east.
The best chance of accumulating snow will be along the Kansas-Nebraska state line. 1 to 3” of snow is forecast for northern Kansas, including Goodland and Phillipsburg. Around an inch is possible for Salina with trace amounts in Dodge and Hutchinson. At this point, we’re expecting no accumulation for Wichita.
The weather system is out of here before sunrise Saturday. Another quick-moving system may bring some light rain or snow early Sunday.
It’ll be chilly for most of next week in Wichita with highs mostly in the 40s but trending milder toward the end of the week.