NWS forecast: Winter storm covers Osage County

Winter storm graphic by NWS Topeka.

A National Weather Service winter storm warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for Osage, Nemaha, Brown, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey, and Anderson counties.

The heaviest snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to occur prior to 2 p.m. today, with areas east of U.S. Highway 75 expecting an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet and up to a tenth of an inch of freezing rain. Areas near and west of U.S. 75 can expect up to another inch of sleet and snow. North winds will gust to around 30 mph, limiting visibility during periods of moderate to heavy snow. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible, with a high near 28.

Tonight, a 20 percent chance of snow is predicted before 7 p.m.; mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Blustery northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph will decrease to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Today and tonight, very difficult travel conditions are expected. If travel is necessary, drive with extreme caution. Reduce driving speeds, leave plenty of room between you and the motorist ahead of you, and allow for extra time to reach your destination.

NWS Topeka is also predicting another storm system will bring some light snow Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.


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