Snow tonight, dangerous wind chills tomorrow

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Today you have to prepare for the extreme cold and snow ahead tonight. It’s important to know that while the snowfall totals won’t be overly impressive, the winds will cause the snow to blow and reduce visibility to near, if not completely, zero conditions, especially tonight through Thursday.

Taking action:

  1. Snow is likely to move tonight and other than a few snow smears Thursday morning southeast of the turnpike, most of tomorrow will be dry.
  2. Travel will be tricky starting tonight with wind gusts of at least 30 mph through Friday. Winds lighten Friday night into the holiday weekend, so that would lead to better road conditions and a chance to shovel your driveway without the wind blowing snow onto it.
  3. Limit your outdoor exposure tonight through Saturday morning in sub-zero wind chills. The worst will be from tonight through Friday morning where the wind chill is likely to be -20 to -30, but some areas may be in the -30 to -40 range. Frostbite could occur in less than 15 minutes on exposed skin in these freezing winds.
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Strong winds and dangerous wind chills will be the main concern tonight through Friday, but snow will also be a factor. Overall snowfall totals don’t look as impressive as they did earlier this week and this is why we don’t provide specific totals more than 36 hours in advance of a storm system. Yesterday afternoon is when the models started to get less snow overall, mostly due to the fast moving nature of the storm system (it didn’t last that long Thursday). The official forecast is 1-3″ for northeast Kansas. Of course there will be areas that get less than 1″ and even more than 3″, there is uncertainty as to exactly where that would occur.

Normal High: 42/Normal Low: 23
Normal High: 42/Normal Low: 23(WIBW)

This afternoon: Cloudy. Some gusts cannot be ruled out, but little to no buildup is expected. Highs in the upper 20 to mid 30s. SE/S winds 5-15, gusting to 20 mph.

Tonight: A light band of snow will move in between 6:00 pm and midnight with another wave moving in after midnight bringing most of the accumulation from this storm system. Most of the snow will fall during this time. The minima will drop around 0°. Winds S/N 15-25, gusting to around 35 mph once the front moves forward.

Tomorrow: Aside from some mid-morning smears of snow southeast of the turnpike, it will remain cold with consistent temperatures throughout the day. Winds NW 20-30, gusting around 45 mph. The wind chill will range between -20 and -30 from sunrise to sunset.

Wind chill will remain cool Thursday night where several areas will be in the -25 to -35 range with some spots possibly as low as -40.

Friday will be some sunshine allowing temperatures to reach single digits above 0 with wind chills warming to around -5 to -11 with gusts to around 35-40mph continuing.

With relatively lighter winds Friday night gusting to 20-25 mph, this will result in a better chance of clearing any remaining snow on the roads without snow blowing back as easily in the higher winds and of course , will allow better conditions on the roads. for the holiday weekend beginning on Saturday.

For the holiday weekend, the highs will heat up each day with the teens on Saturday, the 20s on Christmas Sunday and Monday, although the 30s lows in some areas on Monday cannot be ruled out. There is a low chance of light snow with minimal impacts Sunday night, but for now it will keep it out of the eighth day. If you are heading to the Chiefs game on Saturday, expect temperatures to be around 10° during the game and wind chills around 0, however wind chills will be in the -5 to -15 range in the morning during follow up .

The warming trend continues next week with highs near or above average for this time of year on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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