A wide ranging mix of wintry precipitation is occurring over the region this evening. Freezing drizzle/rain is predominate over much of southeast Kansas with sleet and snow prevalent along I-35 and light snow or flurries to the west. This will continue over the next few hours and is expected to transition over to a more freezing rain and drizzle overnight. If you must travel, slow down and use caution.
The wintry precipitation will likely start as snow west of I-135 early this evening, then transition to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain by late evening, before transitioning to freezing rain and freezing drizzle late tonight into Thursday morning. Mainly freezing rain is expected across southeast Kansas tonight with little, if any, snow or sleet expected. Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible over parts of central Kansas, tapering to an inch or less across south central Kansas.
The greatest ice accumulations are expected just east of the Kansas turnpike corridor tonight into parts of southeast Kansas. The ice in central Kansas is more likely to occur after midnight with lighter amounts expected. South central Kansas is expected to experience a mix of freezing rain and sleet with amounts somewhat more variable tonight, depending on the duration of each precipitation type tonight. The bulk of the accumulating freezing rain and ice is expected to end before sunrise, though patchy freezing drizzle may continue through Thursday morning, keeping roads, highways and walks slick and dangerous.