Winter storm approaches, then windy and colder as it leaves


Winter Weather Advisory for western counties begins this morning, but for Topeka it’s valid from 6pm Friday night through 6am Saturday

A weak disturbance arrived Wednesday for freezing drizzle, light freezing rain and patchy sleet for most locations. Precipitation was fairly light, but it did impact our northern counties with a light glaze late Wednesday night into Thursday.

Freezing drizzle and light snow ended around daybreak yesterday, and the clearing line in western Kansas just couldn’t make it this far.

Cloudy today and relatively quiet until around lunch time. Snow may start toward the Kansas/Nebraska border with developing rain elsewhere. This system will act very much like the one of a week ago. Rain first for most, then quickly to mix and wet snow by mid to late afternoon. The initial snow melts on impact, but then starts to gradually stick into evening. Breezes will increase as well.

Greater Topeka Friday
Highs: 34-38
Wind: E/SE 12-22

As the evening progresses, spots with mix get snow and locations that already have snow will start to get bigger accumulations. It appears that the system may move through very quickly so most snow for Topeka will occur between 7pm Friday to 2am Saturday. All snow might end across northeast Kansas by sunrise.

Projections are around 1-2″ for Emporia, 2-4″ near Manhattan/Topeka and 4-7″ closer to the Nebraska border. We will need to monitor not just totals, but also determine how much blowing and drifting we get on Saturday with north wind of 20-40mph.

For Sunday, all plowing and shoveling will be done. Travel should be fine, but it will still be frigid with early temps of 0 to 10 and daytime temps of 15-25. It won’t be nearly as harsh as the projections from earlier this week.

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Be careful with travel and stay warm this weekend. Go Chiefs!
KSNT Meteorologist David George

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