FRIDAY PM UPDATE:

Your Friday might have been full of sunshine and dry conditions across KS, but mother nature will flip the switch back to winter by the end of the day today. Snow showers move into the western half of the state after 8 PM and road conditions will quickly deteriorate overnight. 

The snow eventually arrives in south central KAKEland during the early morning hours tomorrow, but as temperatures warm into the afternoon we will likely see the snow change into rain. North central KS could see this transition as well, but temperatures will likely hover around the freezing mark long enough to stay snow for most of the day. Travel across western KS will also be pretty difficult by the early morning hours tomorrow as roads will already be covered. Stay home tomorrow if you can!

Widespread snow showers will continue to blanket most of western KS until noon, while a rain/snow mix continues across south central KS. Westbound travel will be extremely difficult by this time of the day, so travel is not advised for the remainder of Saturday. As for high temperatures, expect a cold day with highs in the 30s across KAKEland. Wind chills will easily make it feel like the 20s for most of the day even though wind speeds will be light. 

Northwest KAKEland will begin to dry out as we head into the evening while the rest of the state continues to see rain or snow until 6 PM. North central and south central KS won't see the snow move out until after 6 PM and into the overnight hours. I expected all of KAKEland to be on the dry side just in time for Thursday morning. 

Snow totals will be the highest across western KS with some spots potentially getting above 6" of snow. Further to the east you go, snow totals drop to 3-6" and eventually a trace to 1" by the time you reach Wichita. While this might not be a major snow maker for Wichita, slick spots are still possible during the day, especially during the start of the day tomorrow and into Sunday morning. 

While the moisture is definitely needed, it's timing is a little unfortunate since the Chiefs game is in Kansas City tomorrow. Are you planning on braving the cold and precipitation? Well, bring layers that will keep you dry and warm! Temperatures will be in the 30s for the entire game and while the precipitation will start off as rain, it eventually will transition to snow by the time the game wraps up. Expect slick spots as your drive back home to Wichita.

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FRIDAY AM UPDATE:

We are still watching an area of low pressure expected to slide into Texas and Oklahoma, Friday evening into Saturday. The track of this low is still in question which will have an impact on type of precipitation and accumulation across KAKEland.

Enjoy the sunshine, Friday afternoon, temperatures will be slightly warmer than Thursday, with highs for most in the 40s to lower 50s. Clouds begin to build overnight as the low tracks east. 

Snow will begin to move into Western KAKEland late Friday into early Saturday morning. This system will track east moving into Wichita around sunrise. Off and on showers/snow through Saturday with clearing from west to east by Saturday night. 

Several Winter Weather Alerts are scheduled to go into effect Friday night and will last through Saturday afternoon. Winter Storm Warning for far Western Central KAKEland, a Winter Storm Watch for Northwest, and a Winter Weather Advisory for Southwest and Central KAKEland. Wichita is NOT under any warnings at this point. 


Current models are showing consistency, painting the greatest totals across Western Kansas. They also are in good agreement with lower totals east, with some of the precipitation likely falling as rainfall. 

Greatest accumulations as well as greatest impact will be furthest west with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow possible. Locally higher totals will be possible across Western Kansas, though 6"+ amounts will likely be rare. However, even with lighter accumulation expected in the greater Wichita area, slight impacts could still be had. Roads may become wet and slick with the potential for some wet roads to freeze overnight Saturday. 

Please send any weather pictures you receive to the KAKE First Alert Weather team. Through the weekend look for updates on Meteorologist Cameron Venable's Facebook page as well as Meteorologist Brittany Foster's. 

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THURSDAY AM UPDATE:

A low pressure system is expected to develop and move into KAKEland early this weekend bringing some the potential for measurable snow and messy travel.

 

Ahead of this system, Thursday and Friday, will be dry and mostly sunny. Cool temperatures in the 30s to 40s for Thursday, but a strong breeze will make it feel much cooler through the day. Temperatures in the 40s to 50s Friday afternoon, slightly above seasonable for this time of year. 


Overnight Friday into early Saturday morning our next snow maker will begin to slide into western Kansas. As of now, our biggest uncertainty is how far north/south the low pressure center will move. If it takes more of a southerly track, this would be primarily a snow event for all of KAKEland. But, if it takes more of a northerly track then we will likely be dealing with some snow along with a mix of rain. This will of course impact our snow totals. 

Weather models, with the exception of the GFS, show moderate agreement with the placement of the heaviest snowfall, generally across Western and Northern Kansas. 

While there is moderate agreement in placement of the snow, the totals remain relatively inconsistent. The greatest impact from this storm system is expected to be across Western Kansas and along the I-70 Corridor. Travelers can expect some slick and snow packed roads and in some cases closures may be necessary.

The above graphic is a Winter Storm Severity Index, which gives us a good idea of what area of KAKEland can expect the greatest impact from this storm.

In advance of this system, our partners at the National Weather Service have issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Western Kansas. This Watch will go into effect Friday night and will continue through Saturday evening.

While it is still a little early to toss out forecast totals, at this time, we think the heaviest snow will fall west with lower totals east. 

More details will be ironed out in the next day with a better idea of snowfall totals by Friday 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 .