More rain and snow on the Thanksgiving menu for KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Thursday 9:30 AM ***UPDATED***

Mother Nature is hosting her own Thanksgiving meal with a full menu of precipitation across KAKEland early today.

Widespread light to moderate snow will continue across northern, central, and western Kansas into the early afternoon hours. Check the radar here.

As of 8 a.m, two inches of snow has been reported at Hugoton and Satanta in southwest Kansas and an inch reported at Dodge City. Highways including US-83, US-183, US-400, US-54, and US-50 across western Kansas were snow-covered and slick.  I-70 also had snow covering it from Salina to the Colorado border. 

Light to moderate snow will continue through the afternoon, turning to rain from southeast to northwest through the evening. Another inch of snow is possible through that time, but once temperatures get to and above freezing, the rain will start to wash away the snow and ice.

A mixed bag of freezing rain, sleet, and rain is also likely to continue into the early afternoon across central into south-central Kansas. A few areas near the Oklahoma border east of the turnpike may stay all rain through the day. Icy conditions will be possible as long as temperatures remain at or below freezing.  I-135 may see slick spots to Salina, and other area highways could get slick, especially on elevated surfaces.

Temperatures will hover within a couple degrees of freezing before slowly warming into the mid and upper 30s during the afternoon. Snow and other frozen precipitation will change over to rain from southeast to northwest and put an end to the winter weather conditions. Slick roads will remain a possibility until the changeover, but once the rain settles in, any ice and snow accumulations will be melted and washed away.

More rain, and even a couple thunderstorms, are in the forecast for Friday afternoon into the evening.  Everyone in KAKEland will warm into the 50s on Friday, so all precipitation that falls will be rain.  The showers and storms will clear out by around midnight, and the sun will return to KAKEland through the weekend into early next week.

Wednesday 11:00 AM 

A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of KAKEland until Thursday afternoon.

Eventually temperatures will warm above freezing Thanksgiving afternoon. This combined with soil temperatures greater than 32° will help road conditions improve quickly.

Wednesday 6:30 AM 

Wednesday will be great for travelers across KAKEland. The sky will be clear for most of the day and that will improve road conditions in Northwest Kansas. It isn't until very late Wednesday night into Thursday morning that mixed precipitation rolls into KAKEland. Rain and snow along with brief periods of light freezing rain and sleet will be possible through he day on Thursday. 

In South Central Kansas, including Wichita, the precipitation will likely start off with a rain snow mix. As temperatures climb above freezing the snow will change over to rain. Roads could be a bit slick early but by late morning the slick spots should fade as more rain falls.

Light snow and light freezing rain could create slick conditions early across the advisory area highlighted.

The heaviest snow will likely stretch from Southwest into North Central Kansas where up to 2" will be possible. Light freezing rain is a concern and roads could easily turn slick before temperatures climb above freezing.

Friday

Another round of wet weather is expected Friday and a few thunderstorms can't be ruled out for North and South Central Kansas. High temperatures on Friday will climb into the 40s, 50s and 60s so slick roads are not expected to be a concern.

Saturday/Sunday

The weather is expected to cooperate for travelers Saturday and Sunday with the return of some sunshine and highs back in the middle 30s to middle 50s. A com should mean Kansas Highways remain clear.

Tuesday 5:30 AM

The snow has started in Northwest Kansas and it is expected to continue through much of the day today. As of 5:30 am, the vast majority of the snow has fallen along and north of  Interstate 70. Kansas Department of Transportation cameras confirm that the snow is sticking to I-70.

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The forecast remains largely unchanged as weather models continue to paint the most impressive snow totals across extreme Northwest Kansas. 

The snow will gradually fade from West to East late Tuesday evening into the overnight. When the last flakes have fallen, we expect Cheyenne and Rawlins County to see the most with the potential for 7"+! Slightly lower totals between 5-7" expected for Goodland, Colby, Atwood and Norton. Much lower snow totals anticipated south and east of a line from roughly Phillipsburg to Oakley.

In addition to the heavy snow, wind is expected to be a major problem today across all of KAKEland. Wind gusts all across the state will be in 40-50mph range with locally higher gusts possible. In Northwest Kansas wind and snow will reduce visibility and create significant drifting. This will make travel very treacherous through the day in Northwest Kansas and as a result a winter storm warning has been posted through Tuesday Night.

While Southwest and South Central Kansas re not expecting any accumulating snow wind gusts will be dangerous and could top 50mph through Tuesday night. Wind gusts in North Central Kansas will likely top 45mph. Even very light snow in North Central Kansas could reduce visibility with the high wind gusts.

Wednesday

As many folks hit the road Wednesday the weather is expected to cooperate for the most part. The vast majority of Wednesday will be dry with favorable driving weather with highs reaching into the low 30s in Northwest Kansas with the low to mid 40s for the rest of KAKEland with some beneficial sunshine. It is not until very late Wednesday that light mixed precipitation will be possible across Southern Kansas.

Thanksgiving Day

A system sliding across KAKEland will bring rain and snow to the state Thanksgiving Day. In between the rain and snow, a narrow band of mixed precipitation, including light freezing rain and sleet, will be possible. While the specifics are not overly clear regarding who gets "what" and "how much," over all, the day is looking a little messy with many locations seeing a mixed precipitation event. It appears that the precipitation for KAKEland on Thursday will start off in frozen form and then turn to rain as temperatures climb. Early in the morning on Thanksgiving some slick roads will be possible but with the precipitation changing to rain, road conditions will likely improve throughout the day.

Friday

Another round of wet weather is expected Friday and a few thunderstorms can't be ruled out for North and South Central Kansas. High temperatures on Friday will climb into the 40s, 50s and 60s so slick roads are not expected to be a concern.

Saturday/Sunday

The weather is expected to cooperate for travelers Saturday and Sunday with the return of some sunshine and highs back in the middle 30s to middle 50s. A com should mean Kansas Highways remain clear.

Monday 6:00 AM 

Three weather makers on the way to KAKEland this week and each has the potential to disrupt travel ahead of and after the Thanksgiving Holiday. The first storm system just clips KAKEland late Monday through Tuesday.

Monday

The work week starts off quiet with good deal of sunshine Monday with highs in the 50s and 60s. Monday will likely be the best day all week to visit the grocery store ahead of Thanksgiving day. Northwest Kansas should use Monday to prepare for what could be a significant snow event.

Tuesday

Snow arrives in extreme Northwest Kansas very early Tuesday morning and it will gradually spread east throughout the day.Weather models remain consistent when it comes to positioning the heaviest accumulation across Cheyenne, Sherman, Rawlins and Thomas County where 5" to 7" will be possible with locally higher totals not out of the question.  

The snow will gradually taper off Tuesday evening as the system slides east across the northern half of KAKEland. Snow totals are expected to drop off dramatically south and east with locations south of US-40 and east of US-283 seeing less than 3" of accumulation.

Thanks to heavy snow and wind gusts that could exceed 40mph, travel on Tuesday is expected to be treacherous if not impossible at times. Low visibility and drifting snow likely with wind gusts out of the north that could exceed 40mph. These factors could also lead to road closures and school closings.

The snow will exit KAKEland Tuesday night and road conditions will likely improve through Wednesday morning.

Wednesday

As many folks hit the road Wednesday the weather is expected to cooperate for the most part. The vast majority of Wednesday will be dry with favorable driving weather with highs reaching into the low 30s in Northwest Kansas with the low to mid 40s for the rest of KAKEland with some beneficial sunshine. It is not until late Wednesday that light mixed precipitation will be possible.

Thanksgiving Day

A system sliding across KAKEland will bring rain and snow to the state Thanksgiving Day. In between the rain and snow, a narrow band of mixed precipitation, including light freezing rain and sleet, will be possible. While the specifics are not overly clear regarding who gets "what" and "how much," over all, the day is looking a little messy with many locations seeing a mixed precipitation event.

Friday

Another round of wet weather is expected Friday and a few thunderstorms can't be ruled out for North and South Central Kansas. High temperatures on Friday will climb into the 40s, 50s and 60s so slick roads are not expected to be a concern.

Saturday/Sunday

The weather is expected to cooperate for travelers Saturday and Sunday with only minor snow forecast for extreme northern Kansas on Saturday. The return of sunshine this weekend and highs back in the middle 30s to middle 50s should mean Kansas Highways remain clear.

Sunday 10:00 PM 

***SUNDAY UPDATE***

An active weather pattern is setting up for Thanksgiving week. Three winter weather systems will bring rain, snow, a wintry mix, and even thunderstorms to the state this week. 

WINTER SYSTEM 1

A winter storm will impact the Northwest corner of KAKEland on Monday night through Tuesday evening. This storm will bring high winds gusting to 40mph or more and heavy, blowing snow. 

Heavy, blowing snow is expected through the day Tuesday. Confidence is high that Northwest Kansas could see larger amounts of accumulating snow. Cheyenne and Rawlins counties appear to be in the bulls eye for the largest snow amounts. Cities like St. Francis, Bird City, and Atwood could finish Tuesday with over 7 inches of snow. 

Travel will be hazardous, difficult, and maybe impossible in Northwest Kansas. Expect delays and near whiteout conditions on I-70. Please rethink your travel arrangements in this part of the state Tuesday. Denver is also expecting nearly a foot of snow, so travel issues will just get worse as you go west.

WINTER SYSTEM 2

Our second winter system of the week is a mid-level wave coming from the southwest. This is a somewhat unusual weather situation. It will cause our weather to transition from snow overnight Wednesday night to rain showers during the day Thursday (Thanksgiving) as a warm front lifts northward. 

Late Wednesday night and early Tuesday morning, the main precipitation type looks to be snow across the majority of the state. If we get any accumulations, how much, and where remain to be seen. This will depend on how far south the freezing line gets Wednesday night, and models are not in agreement on this. 

By lunchtime Thanksgiving Day, we will be on our way through the transition from snow to rain. Much of the state will be raining by this time as a warm front lifts north and quickly pushes us above freezing. 

By Thanksgiving dinnertime, all of KAKEland is now above freezing and some parts of the state are still raining. Thankfully, Thursday afternoon and evening should not be hazardous for travel. 

Travel hazards are possible early Thursday morning for all of Kansas. The best chance for accumulating snow appears to be along and north of I-70 where it is expected to be at or below freezing later in the day. If you are planning to wake up really early to drive somewhere within the state, please check the forecast frequently as this situation is highly dependent on where the freezing line is at any given time.

WINTER SYSTEM 3

While this third system is technically a winter storm, the winter affects to KAKEland will be quite minimal. In fact, all of Kansas has a chance for just plain old rain on Friday. The only concern with this system, as of right now, is the chance for thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening. This is definitely not set in stone, but there is an outside chance for a severe thunderstorm or two as well.

As this winter storm exits, the northern half of the state may see a quick snow shower or two Saturday, but we are not expecting any impacts at this time. The weekend overall looks to have good traveling weather. 

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.

SATURDAY 10PM (Archived forecast)

An active weather pattern is setting up for Thanksgiving week and weekend. Three winter storm systems will bring rain, snow and a wintry mix to the state multiple days this week. Here's your First Alert for possible travel impacts during your holiday travel.

STORM 1

STORM 1

When: Monday night through Tuesday

Where: Mainly Northwest Kansas, but could nudge farther south and/or east.

What: Light rain changing to snow showers. Moderate snow accumulations expected.

Impacts: Hazardous travel for far Northwest Kansas. If storm nudges south a tad, I-70 could be quite slick and possibly dangerous to drive on.

STORM 2

STORM 2

When: Wednesday night through Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

Where: A big chunk of the state. This is still several days away, so expect this map to shift a bit.

What: Snow showers changing slowly to a wintry mix and then eventually regular rain.

Impacts: Slow travel and slick or slushy roads. This is a big travel day, so could increase impacts.

While accumulating snow is possible, it is not set in stone. This forecast is days away, so can most likely change. Stay tuned for updates.

STORM 3

STORM 3

When: Saturday night through Sunday

Where: Possibly South Central Kansas, but this far in advance, this is just an educated guess.

What: Rain changing over to snow. Only one long-range model has this system consistently, so it is painted green. If things look more likely, expect travel problems.

Impacts: Too early to tell. Please check back with us frequently. 

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.

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