by Eyewitness News
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
2:31 PM CST, February 24, 2013
The sun is shining now, but Kansans need to prepare for a second round of winter weather. Blizzard like conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday.
The Kansas Adjutant General's Office will hold a briefing on the conditions at 7 p.m. KWCH will stream the press conference here.
Storm Team 12 Meteorologist Ross Janssen says a rain/snow mixture will start around midnight tonight. He says heavy snow will start falling Monday afternoon and evening.
He says it could very possibly be white out conditions with zero visibility Tuesday morning. Janssen says this may be an historic event with 35 mile an hour sustained winds and heavy snow.
The Wichita area and along the Kansas Turnpike are expected to get the worst of it. He says be prepared for an additional foot of snow.
Central and south central Kansas look to be under the gun with the possibility of 8-15 inches of snow. Most of western Kansas will be 4-8 inches or less but the very strong north winds will cause blizzard conditions. Again, travel late Sunday night into Monday will be treacherous, if not impossible in areas.
Officials are urging Kansans to prepare for the new storm by restocking home and vehicles with essential supplies.
"Take the preparations you need for yourself and your family to be safe if you are without power for a few days," Tafanelli said.
The state will activate the emergency operations center Sunday afternoon.
Gov. Sam Brownback said to expect this snow storm to be more difficult than the last one.
"Be ready to change your travel plans if needed," Brownback said. "Staying off the roads not only keeps you safe, but it also helps road crews do their jobs and allows emergency responders to get to their destination safer."
The Kansas Highway Patrol recommends that drivers check fluids, belts and hoses and winterize radiators before hitting the roads. Drivers are also encouraged to check tires for traction and replace windshield blades if needed.
Additional information on winter driving tips can be found on the Kansas Highway Patrol website, just click here.
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