It’s been a snowy day in northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska. Snowfall amounts from St. Francis to Benkelman, range from 3 to as much as 6 inches so far!
This storm is still in its’ infancy. Rain and snow will develop farther south this evening and overnight in western Kansas. Our Winter Weather Advisory has been expanded east and south from previous forecast discussions. This is where travel will be impacted the most and where the majority of the snow is expected to fall.
This storm will spread east on Thursday. Much of northern and southwestern Kansas will be faced with wintry weather in terms of rain and/or snow by first light.
Temperatures overnight will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Please use caution while traveling. Even though it’s been quite warm lately and the pavement has absorbed that warmth, I’d still use caution. Elevated surfaces could become slick!
Snow and rain will track east through the lunch hour and late afternoon.
By early evening, we will see the end of this system. Temperatures won’t budge much in the 30s and lower 40s tomorrow.
I still expect the heaviest to be near and north of I-70 where 2″ to 4″ is possible. Closer to the Wichita metro, a trace to 2″ of snow is likely. There will be less along the Kansas/Oklahoma state line.
Then, comes the bitterly cold temperatures. Overnight lows Thursday and Friday nights will be in the teens and 20s. Highs going into Friday will only be in the lower to middle 30s.
Over the weekend, we dig out of the chill. Temps will rebound to the 40s. There is a fast moving system that tracks southeast across Kansas on Sunday. This will produce light rain showers and potentially some snow. Amounts at this point look light.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman