A cold front that moved into Kansas overnight will bring the area’s first snow and coldest temperatures so far of the season Sunday.
A winter weather advisory is in place for much of northwest Kansas through late Sunday and into early Monday for some areas with 3 to 5 inches of snow possible. Trego, Graham, Logan and Gove counties are included in a winter storm watch with total accumulations of 4 to 6 inches possible.
“For northwest Kansas, I would say if we roughly draw a line from Goodland up to Atwood over to Norton, along and south of that line, that’s where the greatest (snowfall) is going to be,” Mark Buller, lead forecaster at the Goodland National Weather Service, said.
Winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph during the day will compound the situation with blowing snow and dangerous wind chills, he said.
Snow should end Sunday evening, but the cold will persist.
“After the snow ends, it will get really cold, probably record lows and some wind chills as low as single digits above zero,” Buller said.
Temperatures are forecast for the mid-40s for highs Sunday and Monday, warming up to the upper 50s to around 60 the rest of the week. Lows are expected in the 20s to start the week and upper 30s to 40 the remainder of the week.
Winter Safety Tips:
Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle that includes the following:
• a portable charger for your cell phone
• blankets or sleeping bags
• flashlight and extra batteries
• first aid kit
• high-calorie non-perishable food
• extra clothing, hats and gloves to keep dry
• sand or cat litter for travel
• portable shovel
• windshield scraper and brush
• batter booster cables
— National Weather Service
Dress in loose-fitting layers for the cold
• The inner layer should be a light and thermal to trap body heat.
• For the middle layer, use a wool or synthetic fabric such as a sweater or jacket.
• Outer layer should be designed to protect you from the wind and moisture and allow for ventilation.
• Don’t forget a hat and gloves.
— Childcare Network
Don’t forget pets
• Pets should be brought indoors during severe cold temperatures to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
• Animals that cannot be brought indoors should have shelter and plenty of water and food.
• Make noise before starting your car, as stray animals might try to stay warm in the engine or wheel well.
• Check their paws. Salt from sidewalks and frostbite can cause injuries to pads of their paws.