Winter storm on the way to KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Winter Storm Impacts KAKEland Rain, snow, and wind invade KAKEland Wednesday night into Thursday and travel could be greatly impacted.Sandwiched between an area of low pressure over the Desert Southwest and an area of high pressure over Florida, moisture is streaming in KAKEland.

Cold air will start sliding into Northwest Kansas tonight, changing the rain over to freezing rain and snowfall. Snowfall will eventually become the dominant precipitation type as temperatures fall well below freezing. The snow will continue across Western Kansas into Thursday morning.

Snow is expected to decrease in intensity and will exit northeast through the day on Thursday. The heaviest snow will be in western Kansas where 8 to 10” of snow will be possible with even a few spots possible hitting 12”. This thin line of heaviest snow is difficult to predict and could shift east or west. Snow totals will taper off dramatically on either side of this line with most locations picking up 3-8” of total accumulation.

Travel is expected to very treacherous through Thursday mid-day. Snow combined with gusts to 40mph will create blowing and drifting snow. East-West roads will likely experience significant drifting. Visibility will be greatly reduced Wednesday Night through Thursday.

Travel in extreme Northwest Kansas is not advised Wednesday Night through mid-day Thursday. Road conditions should start improving Thursday afternoon as the snow comes to an end.

Check Wichita road conditions at WichWay.org and check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

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