Freezing rain, freezing drizzle, sleet, snow and freezing fog — that’s a lot and it’s all expected overnight. Right now, the lower levels of the atmosphere are moistening up which will lead to widespread freezing rain and drizzle this evening. Snow is now starting to move into western Kansas.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Greenwood, Elk and Chautauqua counties through noon on Thursday. This is where we will see the most ice accumulate from 0.2″ – 0.3″. With winds gusting above 35 MPH, power outages are possible here.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the majority of our viewing area. This is for a glaze of ice, sleet, freezing fog and eventually snow.
Snowfall amounts will favor western Kansas and areas farther north. This storm will produce a dusting to an inch with isolated spots to 2″ in the northwest section of our viewing area.
We will see an uptick in moisture through our 10 PM broadcast and much of the overnight. This storm should wrap up before dawn with a leftover flurry or two.
Temperatures will drop drastically. Overnight, we’ll be in the single digits and teens. Wind chills will be below zero in many spots.
Not much of an improvement even with sunshine returning on Thursday. Highs will stay below freezing. Wind chills will be in the single digits and below zero up north.
We’ll have another bitterly cold start Friday morning. Over the weekend, skies become unsettled with our next system on Sunday. Rain and snow are possible.
Our weather pattern remains active with another system next Tuesday that will provide us with more rain and snow.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman