Winter storm brings snow, ice to KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Monday AM Update

The snow started around 1:00 a.m. in Wichita and off and on snow is expected through the early to mid afternoon in South Central Kansas. The snow will gradually taper off from west to east throughout the day with the heaviest snow falling in South Central Kansas.

Snow will slowly come to an end later this morning for Western Kansas with most locations picking up less than 1 inch of accumulation. Snow could linger in South Central Kansas into the afternoon. Much of South Central Kansas could end up with 2 to 4", including Wichita. 

While snowfall totals might not be overly high Monday, leftover ice lingering under the snow could make travel treacherous. A Winter Weather Advisory continues for much of South Central Kansas through 6pm and a few counties along the Oklahoma border in Southwest Kansas through noon. 

This winter system was responsible for two round rounds of snowfall including significant snow in North Central and Eastern Kansas. The I-70 corridor from Russell and eastward saw mostly up to 5" of snow with a few cities picking up as high as 9" thanks to a band of thundersnow that formed Sunday afternoon. 

With both rounds of snow, KAKELand will have had snow accumulations in half of the state. Here's a look at the projected storm totals when the snow is all said and done Monday afternoon. 

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Sunday PM Update

Round 1 is moving out and Round 2 is on the way tonight. North Central and Northwest Kansas are DONE with snow for the most part. ROUND 2 arrives in Southwest and South Central Kansas late tonight through Monday. 

North Central Kansas picked up quite a bit of snow thanks to the development of thundersnow Sunday afternoon. This map above shows the storm totals for North Central Kansas from Sunday, and the expected (forecasted) totals for South Central and Southwest Kansas Monday. 

Right now 2-3" looks likely for Wichita, but if we tap into some instability, thundersnow could push us closer to the 5" mark. The location of the heavier band of snow is notorious to forecast. This could shift farther north or south decreasing or increasing our totals as well.

Please keep in mind that even 2 inches of snow in the Wichita area, could create a hazardous Monday morning commute, especially with the damp ground refreezing tonight creating ice under the snow. Give yourself extra time to make it to work or school, begin to stop well ahead of where you need to, and take it slow on the roadways. 

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Saturday PM Update

A two-pronged event is developing for KAKEland over the next 48 hours. First, light to moderate snow will begin tonight and continue through tomorrow for much of the state, except South Central Kansas which will see freezing drizzle Sunday. We'll have a break in the precipitation Sunday evening and night. Another, moderate snow band will develop early Monday and push through South Central and Eastern Kansas.

North Central Kansas has the best chance for accumulating snow Sunday as the first wave of snow arrives, especially along the I-70 corridor. Freezing drizzle in South Central Kansas may lightly accumulate with a light glaze to up to 1/4" Sunday as well. I'm thinking closer to 1/10" for Wichita. It won't be enough to affect trees or power lines, but just enough to make roadways quite slick. Remember, even a tiny amount of ice can create hazardous travel. Expect slick roadways during any travel in Wichita Sunday, especially on elevated bridges and overpasses. 

Early Monday another band of snow will move up from the south. This moderate to possibly heavy band of snow will form most likely along the I-35 corridor Monday morning and move out by the afternoon. This band has the potential to put down several inches of snow in a short amount of time. Forecasting these bands are difficult, so the location of the band may move north/south a tad as we get better data. At this time, 2-3" looks fairly likely for Wichita with an outside chance for more Monday. 

With that in mind, Monday morning's commute may be hazardous. Please give yourself extra time, and take it easy on the roadways.

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Friday PM Update

After a spring-like Friday, cold air will return ahead of winter weather this weekend. A system moving in from the southwest will bring a chance of snow and freezing drizzle to KAKEland. Lots of questions remain regarding this system, and there are a lot of moving parts. The timing and track are still coming into focus. 

Snow will move in from the west as early as Saturday evening and spread across Kansas through Sunday. There is a chance for freezing drizzle and light freezing rain in South Central Kansas through the day on Sunday and could pose some travel complications. We are NOT expecting enough to impact power lines or trees. Just keep in mind that even a tiny bit of ice can create a problem.

As for Greater Wichita, the main threat at this time looks to be a light icing from freezing drizzle early on Sunday before it changes over to all snow Sunday evening into Monday morning.  Right now, snow accumulations look to be low in the city with a light glaze of ice which could create some travel issues on area roads.  As you get further north, snow totals will start to go up with light-to-moderate accumulations.  Locations across North Central Kansas could see greater than 3-inches.  Snow will come to an end from west to east through the day on Monday.

The spread among models remains very large, so there is a large amount of uncertainty at this time, but we are expecting to see a clearer picture tomorrow as the storm continues to move over the west coast.

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Friday AM Update

After a Spring-like feeling day on Friday, cold air will return ahead of the potential for some winter weather starting as early as Saturday night.  A strong storm system moving in from the west will bring a chance of snow across a large area of KAKEland.  There is still a wide range of numbers in terms of how much snow, but the timing and track are coming into better focus as we approach the weekend.

Snow will move in from the west starting Saturday night and spread across the northern 2/3 of KAKEland through Sunday afternoon and ending from west to east during the first half of Monday.  The highest potential for the heaviest snow totals look to be along I-70 across north-central into northeast Kansas.  This would include the Kansas City area for the Broncos/Chiefs game on Sunday, so be aware of hazardous travel between Wichita and KC on Sunday.

As for Greater Wichita, the main threat at this time looks to be a light icing from freezing drizzle early on Sunday before it changes over to all snow Sunday evening into Monday morning.  Right now, snow accumulations look to be less than an inch in the city with a light glaze of ice which could create some travel issues on area roads.  As you get further north, snow totals will start to go up with light-to-moderate accumulations.  Many locations across northern Kansas could see greater than 3-inches.  The spread among models remains very large, so there is a large amount of uncertainty on amounts at this time, but we are expecting to see a clearer picture as we get into the evening on Friday as the storm moves over land out west.

Snow will end from west-to-east across KAKEland starting with far western Kansas on Monday morning and coming to an end for the I-135 corridor by early afternoon.  Once the storm clears, cold temperatures will settle in with lows in the teens through mid-week as high temperatures slowly return to near normal readings in the low-t-mid 40s.

Thursday AM Update

The weather pattern through Friday and much of Saturday is still looking dry with our next weather maker arriving late Saturday and likely lasting through Monday. While it is still very early in the forecast, this next storm system could disrupt travel this weekend with wintry mix and accumulating snow possible.

A great deal of uncertainty hovers over this forecast but new weather model data is offering some new insight into how and where this next system will unfold. The GFS and Euro are in slightly better agreement this morning regarding the track. The Euro remains largely unchanged from yesterday but the GFS has moved the track further south. This movement south increases confidence of accumulating snow falling across much of KAKEland Sunday through Monday. The variations between these two long range models is very higher when it comes to accumulation and very subtle variables like ground and air temperature can lead to vastly different amounts. As far as snowfall totals go for the state it would be irresponsible to toss out values at this time.

Data from the NAM model will offer more insight into this forecast as it trickles in Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned for updates as the track and accumulation become more evident as new data is made available. 

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Wednesday PM Update

The weather for KAKEland will be largely quiet through Friday. Our next weather-maker has moved forward in time a bit. Saturday afternoon through Monday morning is the time line we are looking at now for our next storm system to arrive. It appears that we will mostly be around the freezing mark throughout this time, so the majority of precipitation we see will likely be snow, but initially we could see a wintry mix as well. 

A great deal of uncertainty surrounds the track of this next weather-maker. The ECMWF (Euro) weather model takes the storm system further south and as a result it paints what could be significant snow across the Kansas/Oklahoma border. The GFS model places the system further north and east, thus greatly limiting the snow accumulation to North Central Kansas and making a glancing blow a more likely scenario in South Central Kansas. While it is way too early to talk about a snowfall forecast for KAKEland, we are leaning toward the lean GFS solution. To stack up snow in KAKEland we often need significant gulf moisture and a strong, deep low that tracks out of the Four Corners Region. Overall, Gulf moisture appears to be fairly limited at this time and the track appears to a bit shallow.

All this being said, we are still days away from the first flakes of snow falling, and a great deal could still change. If you have weekend travel plans you are encouraged to stay on top of forecast changes.

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.

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Wednesday AM Update

The weather for KAKEland is largely quiet and dry through Saturday. It is Sunday into Monday we see our next weather maker rolling across the central plains and this system has the potential to drop snow and wintry mix across the state.

A great deal of uncertainty surrounds the track of this next weather maker. The ECMWF (Euro) weather model takes the storm system further south and as a result it paints what could be significant snow across a broad swath of KAKEland. The GFS model places the system further north, thus greatly limiting the snow accumulation and making a rain snow mix the more likely scenario in South Central Kansas. While it is way too early to talk about a snowfall forecast for KAKEland, we are leaning toward the lean GFS solution. To stack up significant snow in KAKEland we often need significant gulf moisture and a strong, deep low that tracks out of the Four Corners Region and overall Gulf moisture appears to be fairly limited at this time and the track appears to a bit shallow.

All this being said, we are still days away from the first drops of rain or flakes of snow falling, and a great deal could still change. If you have weekend travel plans you are encouraged to stay on top of forecast changes.

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.

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