LIVE winter storm updates affect Kansas. Storm Team 12 issued a weather warning day for Friday to Saturday mornings. Before it's over, some areas can look up to six inches of snow. 5:45 p.m.
So far, there have been no reports of widespread breakdowns on Wichita's roads, but conditions are expected to worsen Friday night. It's another story across western and northern Kansas where the snow falls, and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers report several weather-related crashes on highways, including Interstate 70.
In the Wichita area, the Kansas Department of Transportation says it has crew members overnight Friday to Saturday. In Wichita, the city says it will have partial crews from noon. 8 in the morning. Until midnight and a full crew treat roads from around midnight to noon on Saturday.
KHP recommends drivers not to underestimate the conditions, as stains can be licked that do not seem to be so. If stranded on the highway or if you need help from KHP, call * 47.
Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen says that when the weather turns into snow, road conditions will be slippery in many areas, especially after dark and early Saturdays. The heaviest snow will end along the I-70 with several areas getting 4-7 inches of accumulation. Further south it will fall, but most areas will still see 2-4 inches (or more), with Wichita expected to come a few centimeters early Saturday.
The wind in western Kansas will cause some snow to blow, but it won it is not a blizzard. Gusts will be close to 20-25 mph. Low's early Saturday will be down in the top 20s and will not be warmer than the low 30s in the afternoon.
We can expect to improve road conditions on Saturday night and on Sunday the weather will be much quieter. It will still be cold with heights only in the 30's to end the weekend.
The adjutant general secretary says the Kansas National Guard is in standby with its Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams.
"Chancellor is encouraged to change or delay their travel plans in these areas until the storm goes through," says Jonathan York, Director of Response and Recovery. "If you plan to travel, be careful and make sure your car emergency kit is in stock."
You can access winter road conditions by calling 511. You can also see road conditions on Kandrive.org/
As the rainforests turn west, the Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers keep a close eye on Interstate 70, where conditions deteriorate. KHP Trooper Tod Hileman reports slides on I-70 between WaKeeney and Ellis.
Winter weather also affects high school basketball games, several of which were either moved or postponed. You can find the full list of deferred games at CatchitKansas.com.
Meteorologist Mark Larson says rain, snow and much colder temperatures are all headed to Kansas today and Saturday, so we issued a Storm Team 12 Weather Alert with a winter storm racing through our region brings heavy snow and difficult travel conditions to parts of Kansas.
Look for areas of rain over central and eastern Kansas and a growing road that progresses westward throughout Friday. Highs will top-out close to 40 degrees.
The rain will switch to all snow tonight with some blowing snow expected for the western half of our state through Saturday morning. The heaviest snow will target mid and western Kansas, where 4 to 7 inches will be possible at noon on Saturday, but only an inch or two for south-central and southeast. If you are having weekend trips, prepare yourself for wet and winding roads around our region.
The snow pushes east of Kansas Saturday afternoon, but behind the storm system it gets much colder with heights in low to mid 30s. We'll see a bit of sunshine on Sunday, but the heights remain in the mid 30's to about 40 degrees. Warmer temps return to Kansas early next week with heights in the 40's and 50's Monday and Tuesday.
WICHITA AREA FORECAST:
Today: Rain probably. Wind: SE 10-15. High: 39.
Tonight: Rain changes to snow. Find: SE / NE 10-15. Low: 31.
Tomorrow: Light snow early cloudy, soft and cold. Find: NE / N 10-20; gusts. High: 34.
Tomorrow evening: Cloudy. Wind: N 10-15.
Tue: High: 53 Low: 30 Partly to almost cloudy and windy.
Sun: High: 35 Partly cloudy.
Monday: High: 44 Low: 24 Partly sunny. Wed: High: 45 Low: 28 Partly cloudy.
Tue: High: 46 Low: 26 Partly cloudy.
Fre: High: 48 Low: 32 Heavy, pm rain shower.