Winter storm bears down on Kansas

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Snow along I-70 in Oakley Friday afternoon/ Snow along I-70 in Oakley Friday afternoon/

An area of low pressure tracking from the Panhandle of Texas, east across Oklahoma will bring rain and snow to KAKEland Friday through Saturday. 

Rain slid into Southern Kansas early Friday morning and expanded in coverage. Snow spread across Western Kansas during the early afternoon. Through the evening drive in Wichita, rain will be the predominant precipitation type with a changeover to snow occurring during the late evening. Rain will transition to all snow, late Friday into Saturday morning for all of KAKEland.

Snow will exit Western Kansas early in the day Saturday with the majority of the snow leaving North and South Central by the early afternoon. The highest snow totals will be spread across most Kansas where 2 to more than five inches of snow will be possible. Portions of Central Kansas could see up to eight inches of snow.

Much of South Central KAKEland will see none to two inches.

Roads could turn slippery as temperatures drop and rain changes to snow. With the system starting off as rain, crews will not treat roads ahead of time. Elevated roadways will be the greatest concern and could quickly turn slick. Allow extra time if you are traveling this weekend across KAKEland.

Check Wichita road conditions at and check road conditions across the state at

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