By Meteorologist Mark Larson
1:19 PM CST, December 31, 2012
A storm system plowing through the Central Plains from the southwestern US will spread a swath of snow over Kansas New Year's Eve day. Roads could become slick Monday afternoon and into the evening hours so those out and about to ring in the New Year - take care.
Early Monday areas of light rain and snow developed over southwest Kansas and will continue to expand and move northeastward through the day.
Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper-20s throughout western Kansas with low to mid 30s elsewhere. Northerly winds should stay below 20 mph so blowing snow should not be a big problem.
The snow will slowly taper off early Tuesday morning with some patchy freezing drizzle or flurries over southern Kansas overnight.
Accumulating ice is not expected but there could be enough to make elevated surfaces very slick around and after midnight. Snowfall totals will be range from 3-5 inches across central and eastern Kansas to about an inch near Hutch and Wichita.
Clouds will be hanging around New Year's Day but the first day of 2013 looks dry with highs in the mid to upper-20s.
Wichita Area Forecast:
** Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday **
This afternoon: Light snow, mixing with ligh freezing rain/freezing drizzle at times. Wind: NE 5-10. High: 34.
New Year's Eve: Light snow, mixing with patchy freezing drizzle at times. Snow total around an inch. Wind: NE/N 10-15. Low: 19.
New Year's Day: Patchy freezing drizzle early then mostly cloudy by late afternoon. Wind: N 10-20. High: 27.
Tomorrow night: Clearing; cold. Wind: N/NW 5-10. Low: 13.
Wed: High: 35 Partly cloudy.
Thu: High: 30 Low: 16 Sunny.
Fri: High: 42 Low: 15 Mostly sunny.
Sat: High: 46 Low: 23 Mostly sunny
Sun: High: 49 Low: 24 Mostly sunny.
Mon: High: 51 Low: 25 Mostly sunny.
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