Rain changing to accumulating snow is on the way to KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Rain changing to accumulating snow is on the way to KAKEland, with the potential for slick roads during Thursday’s commute.

Rain will start during the evening across far Northwestern Kansas. This precipitation will initially start off in liquid form with temperatures well above freezing. As a cold front slides into Western KAKEland, rain will transition to snow, especially across Northwest Kansas. This band of rain and snow will expand south and track east through the overnight hours giving all of KAKEland at least a chance for some light to moderate rain and snow.

Wichita will see rain starting in the overnight hours and will remain above freezing until early Thursday morning during commute time. Snow accumulation in Wichita is expected to be minimal but roads could still be quite slick by morning with overnight rain and mix freezing. This is problematic because rain that has already fallen could flash-freeze on roads in addition to a brief shot of freezing rain before it quickly changes over to snow. Please plan for extra time to get to work or school tomorrow.

The snowfall will track east and should exit KAKEland by mid-day on Thursday. Snowfall totals will be heaviest across North Central Kansas with totals generally in the 1-3" range with locally higher amounts possible. Snow totals will be significantly lower southeast of the heavy band.

Travel, tonight into tomorrow could turn treacherous and slick at times. In addition to snow sticking to untreated roads and some icy spots, visibility could also be reduced especially across Western Kansas with wind gusts exceeding 40mph. Slick conditions across the snow zone could linger through the day on Thursday. Afternoon temperatures on Thursday could lead to some melting across Western Kansas with highs in the middle 30s with increasing sunshine. Melting across North Central Kansas will be minimal on Thursday with highs in the middle 20s.

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