Wintry mix on the way to end the work week

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Our next weather maker, rolling out of the Four Corners region of the United States, will bring mixed precipitation to KAKEland Friday into Saturday. This next system will be a fairly quick mover and as a result it is not expected to be a major event but some accumulation will be possible.

Precipitation on Friday will start off very light and spotty in South Central Kansas and based on temperatures, it appears that rain will be the form for Wichita. During the late morning, mixed precipitation will likely form across North Central and Western Kansas. Snow will gradually spread from Northwest Kansas into Southwest and North Central Kansas as we get into the early afternoon. Through the afternoon, the precipitation in South Central Kansas will be rain. 

Late Friday night, rain will likely change to snow in South Central Kansas as the precipitation exits Western Kansas. It will be during the overnight hours Friday and the early morning hours Saturday that Wichita sees a quick dash of snow. The snow is expected to track east out of KAKEland by mid day on Saturday.

This early on, a great deal of uncertainty surrounds the snow totals, placement and form of precipitation. Overall trend with weather models regarding this system is less than impressive with relatively low accumulation totals, generally not more than an inch or two. Placement of heaviest snow accumulation remains a big question, but it does appear that a slightly heavier band of snow may stretch from Southwest Kansas into North Central. This system will bring mixed precipitation to KAKEland and some of that mix may be light freezing rain. 

While snow totals are not expected to be overly high, slick roads will be a concern, especially if the freezing rain materializes in North Central Kansas. Road conditions will likely be most treacherous late Friday into Saturday morning with improving conditions throughout Saturday as sunshine returns to the state.

As mentioned above, this is a very early look at the forecast and changes and updates are to be expected. Stay tuned for updates and alerts as the forecast evolves. 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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