It was nice to see the sunshine today! Quite a bit of melting has taken place from the snow we had over the last 24 hours. This could lead to patchy fog heading into Thursday morning. With temperatures below freezing, there could be an isolated slick spot or two due to fog.
Clouds will be on the march through Thursday. As a weak, fast-moving disturbance swings through, it could squeeze out a brief, light wintry mix out west and north of I-70. Wichita may see a few sprinkles or a rain shower as warmer air returns.
Our rain chances will ramp up late on Friday as a major winter storm approaches. We will have some rather unstable air to work with early on Saturday, creating rain and thunder for south-central Kansas. During the morning, the colder air will crash into this system, producing a widespread swath of heavy snowfall from Garden City to Dodge up to Hays, Russell, Great Bend and Salina. Wichita will see mostly rain before it ends quickly as snow. It’s almost as if the snow just dances around the metro.
It’s too early to talk snowfall accumulations right now as the timing and track of the system will come into focus by week’s end. If trends continue, then we will have a plowable snow for much of the state. To add to the heavy snowfall rates, the winds will be an issue. They could gust from 50 to 60 MPH as the snow is falling. This will create whiteout conditions and power outages. This is a storm to watch whether you’re traveling around town or a longer journey across Kansas.
Next week looks dry until Wednesday when a rain/snow mix is possible. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s behind our weekend system. We’ll drop on Tuesday to the 30s.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman