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Weather Alert: Rain and snow headed to Kansas

Heaviest accumulations should be over southern Kansas
Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 4:10 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that a winter storm is still expected to bring a mix of rain and snow to Kansas heading into Wednesday and Thursday. An impact on travel conditions is likely as early as Wednesday night.

Wednesday morning should start cloudy with some light snow in western Kansas. Temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s to start the day, with highs reaching the upper 30s for western Kansas and possibly into the 40s farther east. Rain is expected to start mid-afternoon across central and south-central Kansas, and then change to snow late Wednesday night. The wintry weather should taper off by 10 a.m. Thursday with heaviest accumulations west of Wichita with 3-6 inches possible. Around Wichita, a couple of inches look possible. North of I-70, there shouldn’t be much snow at all.

The winter weather has some stores like Waters Hardware in Great Bend stocking up on essential items. Michael Mayhill is the store manager. He says it’s important for people to get what they need to prepare for the storm ahead of time. He says once the winter weather hits, supplies are likely to run out quickly.

“You wanna be ahead of the time so you’re not out struggling tryna get the drive way clear with a broken down shovel that you were going to replace last year… that you said “I’m gonna do this.” And you didn’t... cause you knew there was only one more snow. You wanna come out while there’s plenty of shovels and get it ahead of time before everyone else goes and gets theres. They do go wuick when we get a good snow.”

Sunshine returns for the end of the week and a gradual warm-up should put us back in the 50s by Friday and the weekend.

Wichita Area Forecast:

Tonight: Becoming cloudy. Wind: SE/NE 5-10. Low: 30.

Tomorrow: Cloudy; rain/snow mix in the afternoon. Wind: NE 10-20. High: 40.

Tomorrow night: Rain/snow mix changing to snow. Wind: NE/N 10-20. Low: 31.

Thu: High: 36 AM snow ending (1-3″); mostly cloudy.

Fri: High: 47 Low: 23 Mostly sunny.

Sat: High: 50 Low: 26 Sunny.

Sun: High: 51 Low: 29 Sunny.

Mon: High: 55 Low: 30 Sunny.

Tue: High: 56 Low: 33 Mostly sunny.

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