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The National Weather Service in Hanford provides the following forecast for the Tehachapi area: This afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 66. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 43. East wind 5 to 10 mph, w... more.
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"Wear several layers and avoid going outside to prevent exposure to the skin," said Frederick Kruse, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
The frosty weather is expected to affect all of western Kansas, parts of eastern Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle, according to Kruse. For north-central Kansas, approximately 7 inches is predicted through today. In south-central Kansas, 6 to 9 inches are expected, and 3 to 6 inches are predicted in southeast Kansas through Tuesday. Northeast Kansas is predicted to receive 4 to 9 inches through Wednesday morning. Kruse said the snow is expected to stop Wednesday morning, but the temperature will continue to plummet to a low of 4 degrees below zero with a chilling high of 8 degrees on Wednesday. Kruse also stated that a "significant amount" of snowfall is expected for Saturday, with a chance of another 3 to 6 inches. "I wouldn't suggest a lot of driving during this period, but for those who have travel plans, check your local listings for the potential threat of snow," Kruse said.
The snow, coupled with winds of up to 50 mph, will cut visibility to near zero as the storm crosses the state, said Frederick Kruse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Dodge City.
"The big thing is there is going to be wind, which means near-zero visibilities and whiteout conditions," Kruse said. "We're telling people to stay off the roads - tonight especially, when it gets heavy and dark." A widespread 6 to 10 inches of snow is expected in southwest Kansas by the time the storm ends today, he said.
While many residents are growing weary of the harsh winter weather, it's possible there could be another month of it, said Frederick Kruse, a meteorologist with NWS in Dodge City.
The onset of spring-like temperatures is difficult to predict, Kruse said, noting March can either roar like a lion or be as gentle as a lamb. "In March, we can get the worst snow storms, blizzards and stuff, but then again, it could be nice," Kruse said.
On Saturday, the low temperature in Garden City was 25 degrees, and the high was 27, said Frederick Kruse, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
On Sunday, the low was 25 degrees and the high was 33, Kruse said. The rest of the week will bring slightly warmer temperatures, Kruse said, and no more freezing drizzle is expected.
Most of the area received a trace, but a band from Scott City south to Kinsley received about an inch, said Frederick Kruse, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
Healy also received about an inch of snow. For people traveling this weekend, the forecast looks sunny and free of snow, Kruse said. There will be a chance of flurries again Monday, but Kruse said the chances are slim.