Wintry weather may well be coming to the area for New Year’s Day.
Winter weather advisories have replaced winter storm watches for the area. Lyon and most surrounding counties are in an advisory from midnight to 6 pm Friday, while Chase and Greenwood counties are in an advisory from 9 pm Thursday to 3 pm Friday.
TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers is expecting 3-5 inches of snow for most of the area, Emporia included, and anywhere from a glaze to 0.20 inches of a wintry mix. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, is looking at 4-6 inches of snow areawide. Regardless, Meyers says the storm system has slowed down somewhat, meaning less of an impact on New Year’s Eve activities than first thought.
Wind speeds will be as high as 30 mph, sharply reducing visibility at times and increasing the risk of power outages in areas that see heavier icing. New Year’s Day travel is strongly discouraged.
The low pressure system responsible for this winter storm is starting the day in Mexico, and Meyers says there could be forecast adjustments by evening.