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Winter’s not done with us yet – another frigid blast predicted

Winter’s not finished, and the National Weather Service is warning to prepare for another winter storm tonight and tomorrow. NWS in Topeka has issued a winter storm warning for Osage, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties, in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. Monday.

Precipitation will likely begin between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this evening. Sleet will likely fall initially, with a change to snow from north to south through Sunday morning. Periods of snow will continue through the day on Sunday before coming to an end Sunday evening.

Snow accumulation in the warning area will range from 4 to 7 inches, while up to an inch of sleet may accumulate. North to northeast winds will consistently range from 15 to 20 mph, with occasional gusts up to 30 mph. Wind chills will range from -15 to -21 degrees tonight through Sunday morning, and may fall below -20 on Sunday night.

Moderate to heavy sleet and snow is expected to begin in northern Kansas around 6 p.m. this evening, and gradually move to the south through the night. Snow accumulation of 1 to 4 inches is possible tonight along with sleet accumulations up to a half inch.

Snowfall amounts will range from 3 to 5 inches near the Nebraska border to 5 to 7 inches further south. The most likely axis of heavy snow extends from near Council Grove through Oskaloosa while the most likely axis for heavy sleet in addition to snow is south of a line from Emporia to Ottawa.

Snow-covered and icy road conditions are likely, which will result in difficult and dangerous traveling conditions. Hypothermia and frostbite could occur quickly for persons exposed to the cold.

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