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Winter storm expected to hit Monday night

The National Weather Service in Topeka issued an urgent winter weather message Sunday afternoon, advising of a winter storm watch for Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Monday evening through late Tuesday night, with light snow possible in north central Kansas Monday evening and accumulating snows spreading east across the area by sunrise Tuesday. The heaviest snows should occur during the daytime hours of Tuesday with snow diminishing from southwest to northeast Tuesday night.

Total snow and ice accumulations and snow accumulations could range from 4 to 9 inches. Winds will be northeasterly around 10 mph Monday night and will increase to 10 to 20 mph with gusts around 25 mph during the day Tuesday. Winds will become north Tuesday night and further increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

As roads quickly become snow packed and slick, hazardous driving conditions can be expected. Gusty winds will result in the potential for blowing and drifting snow. As a result travel will likely become difficult and potentially dangerous. Dangerously cold wind chill values of around 15 degrees below zero are also anticipated in north central and northeast Kansas.

A winter storm watch means conditions are favorable for hazardous winter weather in and close to the watch area.

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