BY JIM MISUNAS
Barton County’s wind chill values are forecast to be as low as 20 below zero Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a winter weather advisory Monday afternoon for Barton, Russell, Ellsworth counties and areas west of Great Bend.
Snow was forecast to start falling after 5 p.m. Monday, accompanied by northeast winds from 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with less than a half inch of snow forecast.
Overnight, there is a 70 percent chance of more snow after midnight. Wind chill values as low as 13 below zero. Northeast winds are forecast18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph, creating blowing snow. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Tuesday’s high is forecast to be nine degrees. Wind chill values are forecast to be as low as 14 below with north winds ranging from 17 to 24 mph.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect from 3 p.m Monday until noon Tuesday.
Snow will overspread central Kansas late Monday afternoon and especially this evening. Dangerous wind chills will affect the area tonight through Tuesday morning.
Snow accumulations will range from a half inch to two inches. Wind chills with gusty north winds will combine with extremely cold temperatures to produce wind chill values from minus 12 to minus 20 below through Tuesday morning.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of winter weather will cause travel difficulties. Drivers should prepare for slippery road conditions,. limited visibilities and dangerous wind chills. Use caution while driving.