Rain to snow late Friday, then windy and much colder this weekend

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**Winter Weather Advisory until 6am for western areas and until 8am for central and east**

Fog became more prevalent this week with more moisture near the ground, plus snow cover to make the air near the ground colder than the air just above it. Clouds have also been steadfast so sunshine has been incredibly hard to come by.

A weak disturbance arrived Wednesday for freezing drizzle, light freezing rain and sleet for most locations. Precipitation was fairly light, but it just doesn’t take much to create slippery roads. The northern counties have been hit harder with slightly colder temps and a mix that has been a little heavier.

Everything goes east around daybreak, but it has left behind a few issues for early morning travel. It likely stays variably cloudy to mainly cloudy and chilly all day.

Greater Topeka Thursday
Highs: 33-38
Wind: NW 10-15

Friday is a day for rapid development. This event will have much colder air at work. It may start as rain for the afternoon. It then goes to mix and wet snow by late afternoon and evening, but as the evening progresses it should be like feathers with air pockets as temps keep tumbling. This creates a snow that is easier to remove, but it can lead to blowing and drifting problems if the wind is high.

Snow accumulations might be similar to even double the previous system’s numbers through Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday with much colder air surging in. We will need to monitor not just totals, but also determine how much blowing and drifting could occur for the travel impact. Wind on Saturday may stay between 20-40mph which would produce whiteout conditions.

You may need to alter travel plans for late Friday through Saturday, which certainly means leaving earlier and/or staying longer. You may want to be at your location west of here by midday Friday and avoid travel east after 7-9pm Friday night. This event may require a Winter Storm Warning or Blizzard Warning for Saturday for a portion of our viewing area so keep watching for the latest bulletins.

For Sunday, the snowfall will have moved away and the wind will have diminished considerably. Roads will be plowed, but it will be bitter cold with early temps of 0 to 5 and daytime temps of 12-18. Cheer loudly for the Chiefs and maybe we’ll all warm up a touch.

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Slick spots early, plus our weekend storm is getting closer and closer…
KSNT Meteorologist David George

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