THURSDAY AM UPDATE:

Early morning snow is making travel a bit treacherous on some KAKEland roads. Meteorologist Cameron Venable reported snow packed roads just south of Salina around 1:20AM.

 

The snow moved into Wichita just after 2:00AM:

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation website and cameras showed much of I-135 snow covered between 2:00-3:00AM.

 

 

WEDNESDAY AM UPDATE:

An area of low pressure will track east, out of the Rocky Mountains Wednesday into Thursday, bringing KAKEland a chance of rain and light snow.

 

The rain and snow will start during the afternoon hours, across Northwest Kansas. Through the late day hours, the rain and snow will gradually shift into North-Central and Southwest Kansas. The wintry mix won't make it into South Central Kansas, including Wichita, until after midnight. The transition from rain to snow along with variations in the track of the low continue to plague this snowfall forecast. Notice the high variability among four of the weather models we use.

With the high variability in the forecast, our overall confidence remains relatively low. The best chance to receive more than 1" of snow will be across Northern Kansas. Much lower totals are expected south with less than 1" in Wichita through Thursday morning. Much of the snow is expected to melt upon contact with the pavement, so look for higher amounts on grass, patio furniture and decks. 

 Overall, the impact from this event are looking low. The timing will bring most of the wintry weather while most of KAKEland is asleep. The aforementioned ground temperatures will melt much of the snow as it impacts the roadways and while it will be breezy tonight, the limited snow should limit drifting. 

 Drivers across Northern Kansas could find some slick spots, Thursday morning on untreated roads but overall we do not expect widespread problems across KAKEland, Wednesday night through Thursday morning. 

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TUESDAY AM UPDATE:

An area of low will track across KAKEland, Wednesday into Thursday. As the low slides eastward, it will bring a chance of light rain and snow to the state.

Wednesday will start off cloudy with a southerly wind and high temperatures eventually climbing into the low 40s to lower 50s. During the afternoon and evening, light rain is expected across Western Kansas, and as temperatures fall it will start to change over to snowfall. North Central Kansas will also see mixed precipitation late in the day while South Central Kansas and Wichita will remain dry until after midnight Wednesday.

A great deal of uncertainty exists among the weather models, but they do agree that this will be a relatively quick hitter. Notice the variability among 4 of the major weather models, when it comes to the snowfall accumulation.

High variability like this is not uncommon when dealing with mixed precipitation events. A minor shift in track will lead to temperatures changes and thus some of the precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. With all this being said, right now we expected the highest totals across Northern Kansas where 1 to 3" of accumulation will be possible. Even in this higher accumulation zone, we do expect high variability based on the potential that some of it could fall as rain. Across Southern Kansas the totals will be much lower, with slim to none in and around Wichita. Most of the snow will be headed out of KAKEland by sunrise Thursday.

Overall impact from this next weather maker is expected to be slim. Slick roads and low visibility not out of the question, especially in Northwest Kansas, but most roads should remain safe. Drivers should slow down and use caution in areas where roads are wet and temperatures are below or near freezing.

Overall uncertainty remains high with this forecast and changes are highly likely as the event nears. Stay tuned for updates, especially if you have plans to be on the roads late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.

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 road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org . Check road status and conditions for Colorado at COTrip.org .