LIVE BLOG: Kansans prepare for winter storm

7:45 a.m.:

According to KDOT many roads west of Hays to the Colorado state line are either covered or partially covered this morning as a winter snow moves across the state.

5:00 a.m.:
Storm Team 12 Weather Alert Day through Noon today as light to moderate snow blankets much of Kansas.

A small winter weather-maker is moving quickly through Kansas Tuesday dragging a broad swath of light to moderate snow across our state. The best bet to see a few inches of snow will be north of I-70, with lighter, or only trace amounts, closer to the Oklahoma state line. Highs Tuesday will only top-out in the 20s to near 30 degrees.

Drive carefully.

9:45 p.m.

Latest trends continue to track most of the snow into the northern half of the state on Tuesday.

Light snow continues to move into western Kansas this evening, moving to the east. Those snow showers will continue overnight, into tomorrow morning, tapering off in the early afternoon.

We're expecting 1-3" possible along and north of I-70, a trace to 1" from Garden City to Hutchinson, and just a few flurries for southern Kansas, including Wichita.

Although the Wichita area is not expecting measurable snowfall, crews were out Monday as a precaution to make sure the city's main streets stay clear.

Joe Pajor with Wichita Public Works says a full crew will get to work about 4 a.m. He says the city should be in "pretty good shape" as the next round of winter weather begins.


8:30 p.m.

**Light snow is starting to fall in far western Kansas. The moisture is pushing east. Roads are still reported to be just fine statewide. **

it doesn't take much precipitation to cause problems in winter and when all is said and done Tuesday, many areas could see at least one inch of snow.

The storm expected to hit overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning looks to be a moderate-impact storm, especially in northern Kansas where the heaviest snowfall is expected.

Future track shows the snow moving from west to east late Monday night and Tuesday.

Ahead of the Weather Alert Day for Tuesday's snow chances comes a challenge for schools, city crews and law-enforcement officials. A problem they face statewide is the uncertainty with how much snow will fall, whether it's less than one inch or several inches.

The forecast as of Monday afternoon projects a range from about four-tenths of an inch to a little under one inch for most of south central Kansas, about 1.8 inches for Salina and two inches for Concordia.

Farther west, Hill City has the highest snowfall forecast with about 2.7 inches predicted to fall by 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Salina, Wichita, Hutchinson and Hays school districts all way they're keeping a close eye on the storm, but at this point (Monday afternoon) there are no plans to cancel classes.

If conditions worsen the night before school (Monday), the could reevaluate their decision if there's a threat to student safety Tuesday morning.

You can see if your school district decides to cancel or delay classes Tuesday here: School Closings

Wichita city road crews face a similar problem when it comes to deciding when and how to treat roads ahead of the storm.

"What we may find is we've guessed wrong and the event isn't as severe as was predicted and then people ask the question, 'why did you put all that brine down' because it does cost money," says Alan King, Director of Wichita Public Works. "It does take time. What we try to do is we try to prepare for any event and hopefully we overdo rather than under-do."

Crews poured brine on city streets Monday afternoon, but they will still be on standby overnight in case weather conditions worsen.

Drivers should also be cautious on the highways as the Kansas Highway Patrol reminds people that even a small amount of snow can be dangerous.

Nationwide, the Federal Highway Administration says now and ice account for 13 percent of all highway deaths.

That's a number the KHP says people can help lower simply by slowing down. The KHP says it's also important for drivers to keep enough distance between their vehicles and vehicles in front of them and to ensure emergency kits are ready to go.


1:35 p.m.

Another winter storm is headed to Kansas on Tuesday. Storm Team 12 has issued a Weather Alert Day due to the expected snowfall.

The latest Future Track model shows the heaviest amount of snow along the Nebraska border and and in some parts of northeast Kansas.

Snowfall for Wichita remains relatively low at less than half an inch.

The snow is expected to begin falling around Tuesday morning with the storm making its way across the state quickly and existing by the end of the day.

10:00 a.m.

Meteorologist Mark Larson says a fast-moving snow-maker is on its way to Kansas early this week and it will most likely drop several inches of snow across a wide swath of our state.

We'll see a mix of sun and clouds Monday with highs ranging from near 40 northeast to around 55 across parts of western Kansas. Southerly winds will gust to around 30 mph later in the day.

A winter storm will push into western Kansas Monday night where an area of light to moderate snow should develop by midnight. The area of snow will spread eastward through Tuesday morning then push into Missouri by midnight.

The best bet to see several inches of snow will be north of and US-50, with lighter, or only trace amounts, closer to the Oklahoma state line. Parts of our state will likely see snow-covered or icy roads Tuesday making travel difficult at times.

Highs Tuesday will only top-out in the 20s to around 30 degrees with a fresh northerly breeze making it feel even colder through the day.


6:45 p.m.

Snow showers have tapered off today, but another round of winter weather arrives Tuesday.


4:30 p.m.

How much SNOW will you get today? Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher has an update on the flurries still falling and what you can expect for the rest of the evening. Watch the video below:

If you are traveling today make sure to check road conditions by heading to


3 p.m.

Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says light snow showers continue to move to the southeast. Chance for snow will end by 6 p.m.

If you are traveling today make sure to check road conditions by heading to


12 p.m.

Take a look at the latest Super Doppler Radar along with SkyCam pictures from Wichita Downtown, KWCH Studio, Hutchinson and Salina.

Light snow and flurries will continue through the afternoon. A light dusting to 1" of snow is possible from Hutchinson, Newton, Marion, McPherson, El Dorado and areas to the north.

Flurries and a light dusting for northern parts of Sedgwick Co.

Roads north of Wichita may be slick through the afternoon.


10:45 a.m.

Bitter cold Arctic air has moved into Kansas this morning. Temperatures are in the teens, 20s and lower 30s with wind chills ranging from 10 below zero to the teens.

Bundle up if you are headed outside today, as we have likely already seen the high temperatures for the day. We are tracking some light snow and flurries moving into the northern parts of Kansas this morning. Most areas in the northern parts of the state where the snow is falling, will see a trace or light dusting with a few towns picking up 1-2" before tapering off through the afternoon.

A few flurries are even possible in Wichita. Afternoon temperatures will be in the teen and 20s with wind chills in the single digits and teens.


A cold night tonight with partly cloudy skies and lows in the teens and low 20s. The cold air moves east on Monday and most areas of the state will see partly cloudy skies.

Temperatures will warm up into the 40s and 50s with a few locations reaching the low 60s. Colder air moves back in Monday night and Tuesday and precipitation develops late Monday night into Tuesday morning across western Kansas.

A upper level disturbance will move across Kansas on Tuesday and this system may produce enough lift to generate some wintry precipitation. Snow along with freezing rain, sleet and light rain are possible with snow most likely north of Highway 54.

Areas to the south, are more likely to see a wintry mix and even the possibility of a light glazing, before changing to all snow during the afternoon. Right now, our confidence is low on the exact locations of snow/ice/rain due to the variability in our forecast models. A slight movement in the storm could shift the precipitation types associated with this system some 40-60 miles.

We will continue to evaluate this approaching winter weather system and have more updates and preliminary snowfall total forecast tonight and Monday morning. Highs Tuesday will only reach the 20s.

Sunshine will return mid week with temperatures warming up into the 30s, 40s and 50s through Friday. Another weather system is expected to move in next weekend with another shot of cold air and light wintry weather on Saturday.

Wichita Area Forecast::

Today: Mostly cloudy with light snow and flurries possible. Wind: N 15-25; gusty. High: 27.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind: NE/SE 5-10. Low: 16.

Monday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy . Wind: S 10-20; gusty. High: 44.

Monday night: Increasing clouds, light wintry mix towards morning. Wind: NE 5-15. Low: 23.

Tue: High: 28 Cloudy; breezy, wintry mix and light snow possible.
Wed: High: 37 Low: 13 Sunny.
Thu: High: 53 Low: 22 Sunny.
Fri: High: 43 Low: 27 Partly cloudy, breezy.
Sat: High: 30 Low: 15 Mostly cloudy, light snow, windy.
Sun: High: 40 Low: 12 Mostly sunny.

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