WICHITA — A winter storm will begin to impact Kansas beginning Saturday, according to the national Weather Service in Wichita,
The storm will begin with snow on Saturday and Saturday night before changing to a wintry mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet by Sunday into Monday.
In Barton County, a 90 percent chance of snow showers are forecast Saturday with south winds 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Snow is likely Saturday night, mainly after midnight. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Sunday will continue Sunday, mainly before noon.
The main area that will see the wintry mix or freezing rain and or sleet will be south of the Kansas Turnpike and Highway 400/54 to the west of Wichita.
Snowfall totals on Saturday could be between 2 to 4 inches with another 1 to 2 inches of snowfall expected Sunday especially over central Kansas along Interstate 70.
Ice may accumulate with the freezing rain that falls on Sunday and Monday, but only a few hundredths of ice accumulation is expected.
Arctic air will remain over the area and produce wind chill values between zero and 10 below zero early Friday morning and Saturday morning.
These wintry conditions will cause hazardous travel through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Expect changes to the forecast as the period nears and more details to be determined through the reminder of the work week for any advisories or possible warnings.
Wintry precipitation chances will continue Tuesday through Wednesday as multiple episodes of precipitation move through the area. Details will be determined as the period nears.