An epic battle of clouds versus sunshine was underway today. We didn’t see a sliver here in Wichita and that kept our temperature down. However, it was a different story in western Kansas where a few spots hit the 60s!
Overnight, we’ll be in the 20s and 30s with fog possible.
Big changes are moving in on Friday. We have a Winter Weather Advisory posted for our northern counties. This is where there’s a greater likelihood for accumulating snow.
Amounts will be higher in the northeastern part of Kansas through northern Missouri and Iowa. Amounts drop the farther southwest you travel. Here in Wichita, we may see a dusting to an inch. This storm is fast-moving which will knock down our snowfall totals.
Friday morning, a wintry mix approaches northwest Kansas. That moisture then sags to the southeast.
By evening, snow will be ongoing along I-70 with a wintry mix to the south. Wichita will see drizzle initially as the winds pick up around 15 to 25 MPH with higher gusts. Rain will increase through the evening with a complete changeover to snow Friday night.
Shortly after midnight, any signs of snow should be moving out of Kansas. Winds will howl Friday night from 20 to 40 MPH. Gusts will more than likely be higher. This will cause any snow to blow around, reducing visibility. And this storm is expected to produce that fine, dry, powdery snow. Not the heavy wet snow.
Temperatures drop on Saturday and then recover by Sunday. Next week, another winter storm quickly sweeps through on Tuesday with another fast-mover by week’s end.
With a fresh blanket of snow on the ground in Kansas City, the Chiefs will take on the Patriots in bitter conditions. Definitely not the coldest game in Arrowhead history. Temperatures will be in the 20s for the game with wind chills in the single digits.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman