By Meteorologist Mark Larson
5:57 AM CST, December 19, 2012
A fast-moving winter storm system is plowing through Kansas bringing blowing snow northwestern Kansas and light rain to the east.
Snow and blowing snow are causing blizzard conditions for some out west while the light rain and around central and southern parts of our state should start to change to blowing snow by sunset and overnight across the south.
North winds will continue to howl out west gusting over 40 mph, causing blowing snow to reduce visibility Wednesday night. Travel will be difficult across central and northern Kansas through the night but conditions will improve by mid-morning Thursday.
Thursday afternoon, the quick-hitting winter storm will be long gone but it will still be windy and much colder too with highs near 40 degrees.
Look for a brief warm-up Friday and Saturday as highs soar back up to around 50 followed by cooler temps once again Sunday.
Wichita Area Forecast:
** Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Thursday **
This afternoon: Cloudy and breezy with a few rain showers by sunset. Wind: SE 10-20; gusty. High: 53.
Tonight: Windy and colder with light rain changing to blowing snow; an inch or less accumulation. Wind: SE/NW 25-35; gusty. Low: 24.
Tomorrow: Early morning clouds then sunny, windy and colder. Wind: NW 20-35; gusty. High: 39.
Tomorrow night: Clear and cold. Wind: NW/SW 5-10. Low: 21.
Fri: High: 50 Sunny and warmer.
Sat: High: 52 Low: 25 Sunny to mostly sunny.
Sun: High: 47 Low: 26 Mostly sunny but cooler.
Mon: High: 42 Low: 25 Partly cloudy. Rain/snow mix overnight.
Tue: High: 37 Low: 20 Early flurries/light snow then mostly cloudy, breezy.
Wed: High: 36 Low: 15 Partly cloudy.
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