6AM WED UPDATE:

Thanks to plow crews and ground temperatures in the middle 30s, roads are clearing up and driving conditions are improving across Wichita. 

 While air temperatures across the state are below freezing, the ground temperatures are in the middle 30s for Sedgwick County and this is helping to melt off the snow.

 

Temperatures this afternoon should climb into the low to upper 30s with a mix of sun and clouds. While temperatures won't be overly warm, roads are expected to improve, especially in areas that see sunshine!

 

3AM WED UPDATE:

As of 3:00AM the snow is becoming lighter and the flake size has dropped tremendously. The side roads are snow covered and slick.

 

Expect inconsistent driving conditions on area highways and interstates. Despite low traffic volume, some early morning accidents have already been reported. 

 

Drivers are encouraged to add extra time to their morning commute and if possible delay travel until the roads clear up.  See the road cameras and driving conditions HERE.

6 PM TUE UPDATE: 

Rain/snow showers have been moving through the southern half of the state for a majority of the day today, but a transition to all snow will soon take place as temperatures drop. Chief Meteorologist Jay Prater has the latest updates regarding snow totals and the timeline across KAKEland below. 

Around 1" of snow was reported at Island Park in Winfield at 5 PM by Meteorologist Cameron Venable. Most snow falling at this time wasn't sticking to roads, but that could change in the coming hours as the ground cools. 

Snow is expected to migrate out of southwest KAKEland around 10 PM, while south central KS will see snow showers until about 4 AM. Your morning commute will likely be dry Wednesday morning, but I can't rule out the chance for a few flurries as the last of the system exits the state. By the end of the event, far southeast KS could have around 1-3" of snow on the ground while totals are much lower the further westward you go.

If you wake up to a little bit of snow on the ground tomorrow, make sure to send your photos our way! You can email your photos to us at [email protected] 

11 AM TUE UPDATE: 

Snow has begun to fall across Wichita and South Central KAKEland.

 

Reports of a trace to an inch so far, most snow falling in the Wichita area is melting on contact. There are a few heavier snow bands moving in with some areas of reduced visibility. This activity will continue to push north/northeast through the afternoon and will continue off and on overnight. Please send the KAKE weather team your snow reports and photos. We will feature some on air and online. 

 

 

TUESDAY AM UPDATE: 

Our forecast remains on track for a winter storm to clip southern KAKEland bringing rain/snow and the potential for slick roads. 

 

Because this will begin as a rain event, we likely will not see roads treated ahead of this system. This means as rain transitions to snow, especially overnight as temperatures drop below freezing, many roads could quickly turn slick, even with small accumulation. Watch for slick spots and allow for extra travel time coming home from work this evening and for your morning commute Wednesday. Unfortunately for the kiddos, we most likely won't see school closures as accumulations are expected to be on the lower side. 

No change from Monday's update- we still expect the largest accumulations for southeast Kansas and areas outside of KAKEland. Wichita and South Central Kansas will see a trace to an inch of snow by Wednesday morning. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect at 9 AM on Tuesday and remain in effect until 6 AM Wednesday for South Central KAKEland extending into east/southeast Kansas. Winter weather advisories are issued by the National Weather Service and are used when a system will cause an inconvenience to daily routine, but not offer any considerable threat to life or property. 

Temperatures will be on the cool side today with highs in the 30s, maybe closer to lower 40s for South Central KAKEland. Temperatures drop into the teens and 20s overnight with clouds hanging around into Wednesday. 

 

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MONDAY PM UPDATE:

Not all that much has changed regarding the forecast. This winter storm looks like a near miss overall with the heaviest snowfall South of our area across Texas & Oklahoma. 

There is now a Winter Weather Advisory across South Central KAKEland, some accumulating snowfall is possible mainly SE of Wichita.

 

 

MONDAY AM UPDATE:

A low pressure system developing in the 4 corners region will slide well south of KAKEland allowing snow to clip the Southern half of Kansas, Tuesday into Wednesday.

Unlike the last several snow-makers, this system will mainly favor South central and Southeast Kansas, with the greatest snow chance outside of KAKEland. The graphic below shows the likelihood for an area to see at least 4 inches of snow. There is slim to no chance of this amount of snow impacting KAKEland with this coming system but the Ozarks could end up with impressive totals.

Models are in a general agreement on where the largest snowfall totals will be, but still some uncertainty on how much snow Wichita and KAKEland could end up with. Most data is pointing at anywhere from a trace to 4 inches of snow for far South Central/Southeast Kansas. The tricky part about this forecast is when rain will transition to snow, which can have a huge impact on snow totals. 


As of now, we will go with 1 to 3  inches of snow for far Southeast KAKEland. We added a "plus" to areas in the darker blue below because some isolated areas could see a bit more than that. Wichita/South central Kansas can expect up to an inch with the rest of KAKEland remaining snow-free. Overall, this will be a relatively low-impact storm system most of KAKEland. 

Now, timing remains relatively clear. Early Tuesday morning we begin to see some light rain spreading into South KAKEland. We will then see rain transition into snow as this system slides along the Kansas/Oklahoma state line through the afternoon/evening Tuesday. There may be some areas that see more of a rain/wintry mix combo rather than rain to snow. It'll be out of our hair by lunchtime Wednesday with lingering clouds and cool temps through the afternoon. 

Temperatures Monday afternoon will be seasonable for areas without snow pack. Those with several inches of snow on the ground won't warm up quite as much Monday afternoon. Highs range from the lower 30s for Northwest KAKEland to the mid-40s for South central. Winds will be generally light from the southwest around 5-10 and clouds will begin to build in by Monday afternoon ahead of our next snow system. 

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 .