Winter Storm Watch For Northeast Kansas

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
159 PM CST THU DEC 19 2013

...WIDESPREAD FREEZING DRIZZLE TONIGHT FOLLOWED BY A POTENTIAL
WINTER STORM SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT...

.TWO ROUNDS OF HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER ARE EXPECTED TO IMPACT
MUCH OF THE REGION. FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AND
OVERSPREAD THE REGION TONIGHT...WITH MINOR ICE ACCUMULATIONS
EXPECTED. A WINTER STORM IS THEN EXPECTED TO IMPACT MUCH OF THE
AREA BEGINNING EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND LASTING INTO SUNDAY
MORNING. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN...
SLEET...AND SNOW...WITH SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE.

NEMAHA-BROWN-RILEY-POTTAWATOMIE-JACKSON-DICKINSON-GEARY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HIAWATHA...MANHATTAN...ABILENE...
JUNCTION CITY
159 PM CST THU DEC 19 2013

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO
3 AM CST FRIDAY...
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 AM CST
FRIDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER
STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE
SATURDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING...

FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL
KANSAS AND SPREAD SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THE NIGHT.
THE FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL END FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST ACROSS
THE AREA DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF FRIDAY.

A ROUND OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE STARTING
AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY AND LASTING INTO THE MORNING. A MIX
OF SLEET...FREEZING RAIN...AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH
SATURDAY BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL SNOW ON SATURDAY EVENING. SNOW
WILL END BY SUNRISE ON SUNDAY.

* TOTAL SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS...

TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT WILL BE LESS THAN ONE TENTH OF
AN INCH.

THIS WEEKEND...THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR A BAND OF 4 TO 7
INCHES OF SNOW...ALONG WITH LOCALLY UP TO A HALF INCH OF SLEET.
PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL KANSAS MAY SEE UP TO A QUARTER INCH OF
FREEZING RAIN AS WELL.

* WINDS...

NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 20 MPH TONIGHT WITH GUSTS OF
25 MPH POSSIBLE.

WINDS WILL INCREASE FROM THE NORTH ON SATURDAY NIGHT...WITH
OCCASIONAL GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS...

FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE ROADS TO BECOME SLICK. ESPECIALLY
BRIDGES, OVERPASSES AND OTHER ELEVATED ROADWAYS.

WEEKEND TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE ACROSS THE
WATCH AREA. FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATION IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS
MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TRAVEL WILL BECOME DANGEROUS ONCE FREEZING RAIN BEGINS. TRAVEL IS
DISCOURAGED UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. AVOID DOWNED POWER LINES
AND BE READY IN CASE OF A LOSS OF POWER.

REMEMBER...A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE
FOR HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA.


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