*A winter weather advisory is in effect through 6 am on Thursday for Republic, Cloud, Washington, Clay, Dickinson, Marshall, Riley, Geary, Morris, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, Lyon, and Osage counties.*
**A winter weather advisory is in effect through 8 am on Thursday for Brown, Jackson, Shawnee, Jefferson, and Douglas counties.**
The first taste of some winter weather will begin setting up afternoon into the night as a weaker disturbance moves in. Even so, this could provide some areas of freezing drizzle, before switching over to some light snow later tonight. Only minor snow accumulations of an inch and less are expected, but slick spots will still be possible.
Otherwise, it will continue to stay on the cloudy side through the rest of the day today as high temperatures only get into the low to mid 30s, before falling back into the 20s overnight.
Thursday may be able to squeeze out some very limited breaks of sunshine late in the day. Otherwise, it will be another day dominated by cloud cover as high temperatures only rebound into the mid to upper 30s.
Friday will start off on the dry side before a more potent storm system swings through. As of right now, temperatures look to get into the mid to upper 30s early enough in the day to support a wintry mix and cold rain at first. However, that colder air will quickly start to catch up and spread across northeast Kansas, changing everything over to snow as the evening progresses.
The details involving the exact track and timing of this system will continue to be tweaked leading up to Friday, with still some uncertainty in how much snow could fall. Even though clear numbers can’t be thrown out just yet, the chance for accumulating snow is becoming more likely. It’s just the exact amounts and locations that are still a bit iffy at this time.
Either way, this snow will not fall gently to the ground and settle nicely because the winds will start to pick up as this system moves through, as well. By Friday evening, winds will start gusting upwards of 20 to 30 mph.
Even though the first snowflakes may start off as heavier, wet snow, as temperatures fall into the 20s overnight, it will become much more of a powdery dry snow. That will make it much easier for those high winds to carry the snow, potentially creating near whiteout conditions at times late Friday night into Saturday.
The chance of snow showers lingers on into Saturday morning before the last of the flurries start to wrap up. As the snow comes to an end, a blast of arctic air will settle in for the rest of the weekend.
Highs on Saturday will only get up to the upper teens and lower 20s, but it won’t even come close to feeling that way. Howling winds continue on through Saturday, with wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph at times. Not only could that create some patchy areas of blowing snow from the freshly fallen snow, but it will make it feel bitterly cold outside. By Saturday afternoon, wind chills will be hovering right around 0°, if not a few degrees below zero.
Sunday will be much more on the quiet side as the wind lightens up, but it will continue to be on the cold side. Some spots will start off Sunday morning with low temperatures a couple degrees below zero, with single digit temperatures in other areas. Even with the return of some sunshine on Sunday, it won’t feel any warmer than the teens out there due to a light wind around 5 mph.
Improvement moves in for the start of the upcoming work and school week. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday will see high temperatures get back into the 30s with a mostly sunny sky. A few passing snow showers will be possible Monday night into Tuesday, as Tuesday’s high temperatures rebound into the upper 20s and lower 30s.