Snow and ice creating slick roads

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

9:00 AM ***UPDATE***

The heaviest snow across KAKEland will taper off as we get into the late morning hours with only light flurries anticipated this afternoon. Here's a look at snowfall totals so far:

4 E Hoxie 6.0"
WaKeeney 5.0"
10 S Collyer 4.0"
Quinter 4.0"
Oakley 4.0"
Hill City 4.0"
10 S Hill City 4.0"
2 SW Hays 3.5"
Norton 3.5"
Ellis 3.0"
Colby 3.0"
Sharon Springs 3.0"
Hoxie 3.0"
Ellsworth 2.0"
2 S Cedar Bluff 1.5"
Utica 1.3"
Healy 1.0"
Oberlin 0.5"
Atwood 0.5"

7:00 AM 

Roads in McPherson county are turning slick and the Kansas Highway Patrol has reported that multiple accidents because of slick conditions in McPherson County.

As of 7am, snow is accumulating on Interstate 70 from roughly the Kansas-Colorado state line to just east of Hays. Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting that most roads in Northwest Kansas are snow covered. In this area roads could be quite slick and caution should be used on bridges.

5:30 AM 

A mix of rain, sleet and snow is falling across KAKEland. As of 5:30am no slick spots have been reported across Kansas thanks to relatively warm pavement temperatures and treatment. The band of rain, sleet and snow will gradually lift north across KAKEland throughout the day. The forecast remains largely unchanged from last night with most of KAKEland picking up less than 1" of snow accumulation. An area in West Central Kansas could see a bit more with some spots topping 2-3" by the afternoon on Friday. The overall impact of this precipitation is expected to be relatively low with most of the travel problems occurring in places that see 1"+ of snow accumulation.

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3:00 AM 

Roads are wet in Wichita but with temperatures still above freezing, no slick spots have formed.

6:00PM  ***UPDATE***

Quite a large chunk of KAKEland will see a wintry mix to snow change-over this evening and tonight and light snow throughout the day tomorrow.

We are very confident the snow forecast below. Southwest Kansas has the best chance to see over 1 inch of snowfall overnight tonight through Friday.

But...There are some indications that a very narrow band of heavier snow *could* form in part of Central Kansas (as shown in the purple oval below). This is our best guess on the location of the band, *IF* it forms.

It's a coin-toss on if this narrow band forms, but if it does, it could cause heavier snow to accumulate to more than 2 inches in a small area. The best timing for the band to form would be between midnight tonight and 6AM tomorrow morning. Check back with us for updates as there is quite a bit of uncertainty for this part of the forecast.

Overall, it looks to be a very low-impact event. It should give Southwest Kansas some much needed moisture, even though we won't get much. Any snow accumulation that does occur will melt quickly as this weekend will be in the 50s and 60s.

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10:00AM

The majority of Thursday will be dry and cold across KAKEland. In the wake of a cold front high temperatures will struggle with most of the state only experiencing highs in the 30s and 40s with a north wind that will make it feel blustery. It is late in the afternoon that we see the rain and snow sneaking into Southern Kansas.

Late Wednesday, light rain and snow will expand across KAKEland with the majority arriving early Friday morning. After several days of inconsistent output,  weather models are finally starting to come in line. The overall trend of light totals for most of KAKEland continues and models are hinting at higher totals possible across Southwest Kansas.

The snowfall for KAKEland will be light with most of the accumulation occurring on soft surfaces like grass, cars and decks. Most of the state will see less than 1" with slightly higher totals possible in Southwest Kansas where some communities could see up to 2". Travel is not expected overly impacted thanks to relatively "warm" pavement temperatures thanks to a string of mild days.

Any snow accumulation that does occur will melt this weekend with the return of sunshine and highs in the 50s and 60s.

We’ll keep you up to date with our Interactive Radar and LIVE weather coverage. Get those features and more on the free First Alert Weather App. With the app you can track storms in your area, stream the latest forecast videos and live severe weather coverage, and set customized alerts to keep you and your family informed and safe.

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

6:21 AM

As expected rainfall totals on Wednesday were very light across KAKEland. Radar estimated rainfall from 5 am Wednesday to 5 am Thursday shows that the bulk of Western Kansas saw nothing measurable and observations back that up. 

Rainfall Totals as of 6am Thursday.

Wichita (Eisenhower National Airport) 0.18"
Wichita (Jabara Airport) 0.20"
Hutchinson 0.33"
Newton 0.33"
Winfield/Arkansas City (Strother Field) 0.16"
Medicine Lodge 0.14"
Salina 0.07"
Russell 0.01"
Hays 0.02"
Hill City 0.09"
Goodland 0.13"
Dodge City 0.02"
Garden City 0.0"

Wednesday 9:02 AM

A large trough sliding into the Desert Southwest will eventually kick two separate disturbances into the Central Plains and both could bring rain and possibly even some snow. As of early Wednesday morning this weather maker is producing rain stretching from Southern California to West Texas. The first system rolls across KAKEland Wednesday with the second scheduled for Thursday night into Friday.

Check the radar here

Rain will start off very gradual and light Wednesday with most places only seeing sprinkles before the lunch hour. Rain is expected to expand in coverage and increase in intensity during the afternoon and evening across KAKEland. While nothing too rowdy is expected, it's not out of the question that a few thunderstorms try to develop this afternoon. During the evening and overnight the rain will exit KAKEland to the east as a cold front sweeps across the state. Overall rain totals are expected to be low across Western Kansas through Thursday morning with most spots seeing less than 2/10ths of an inch. The Eastern portion of the state could see slightly higher totals but should still be less than 0.4".

Thursday will be mostly dry during the day across the state with light mixed precipitation possible by the evening across Southwest Kansas. With temperatures slipping well below freezing Thursday night for Western Kansas, some of the precipitation could fall as snow. That light snow and rain will gradually spread east Friday with the best chances being South of Interstate 70.

As of Wednesday morning, the confidence regarding the snowfall forecast is quite low. The general consensus across several weather models is that the heaviest snow potential will be spread across Southwest Kansas. Most communities will see slim to none when it comes to snow Friday. Overall impact to travel and schools is expected to be low for most. Stay tuned for updates as this snow forecast will evolve and change as new data comes in.

We’ll keep you up to date with our Interactive Radar and LIVE weather coverage. Get those features and more on the free First Alert Weather App. With the app you can track storms in your area, stream the latest forecast videos and live severe weather coverage, and set customized alerts to keep you and your family informed and safe.

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

Tuesday 9:08 AM

A large trough digging south across the Western United States will be responsible for the rain and rumble chances Wednesday through Friday across KAKEland.

Wednesday will start off with more clouds and will be relatively mild with morning lows in the middle 30s to middle 40s north and the low 40s to low 50s south. Light sprinkle activity will be possible during the morning mainly across Southwest and South Central Kansas. Rain will likely increase in coverage and intensity across Kansas as we get into the afternoon. While no severe weather is anticipated a few rumbles of thunder will be possible after the lunch hour.

Rain will eventually taper off from west to east Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning as a cold front sweeps across the state. As a result of this front, temperatures Thursday and Friday will be much cooler.

Overall rain Wednesday through Thursday morning will be fairly light across Western Kansas while the eastern portion of the state could see more. Unfortunately, Southwest Kansas is the area that will likely see the lowest totals and it is also the region of KAKEland dealing with the driest conditions.

While the rain chances look quite low during the day on Thursday, wet and possibly frozen precipitation will roll back into KAKEland late Thursday night into Friday. With temperatures well below freezing Friday morning snow and wintry mix will be possible and some travel issues could result. It is a bit too early to talk about rain and snow accumulation for Friday but this next round of precipitation does look more likely for communities south of Interstate 70.

We’ll keep you up to date with our Interactive Radar and LIVE weather coverage. Get those features and more on the free First Alert Weather App. With the app you can track storms in your area, stream the latest forecast videos and live severe weather coverage, and set customized alerts to keep you and your family informed and safe.

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