Today's cloudy skies and cold temperatures will set the stage for a winter mix of sleet and snow expected to make its way east across Kansas and into the Lawrence area by early Friday morning, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
At 8:30 a.m. today, the temperature was 31, with an easterly 6-mph wind making the wind chill 25 degrees. The temperature won't warm up much during the day, with the high expected to reach only 35 by late afternoon, Schack said. Winds today will be from the east, between 5 and 12 mph.
After midnight tonight, a winter mix of drizzle, sleet and snow will move into eastern Kansas and temperatures will fall to a low of 29 by early Friday morning, Schack said.
"It should start off light, then picking up by the afternoon," Schack said. "I do think we'll see light accumulations by the time it's done tomorrow evening."
Friday's high will reach 34, Schack said. Most of the snow will accumulate on grassy areas, but not much on the roadways during the day, she said. When temperatures drop off overnight Friday, there will be more accumulation, she said.
The National Weather Service is predicting less than a half-inch of accumulation in the Lawrence area overnight tonight, with up to one inch in north-central Kansas. The weather service is saying accumulations will be between one and three inches in northeast Kansas on Friday.
The sleet-snow mix will move east on Saturday, Schack said. Saturday morning's low will be 30, with Saturday's high reaching 39.
Another round of sleet, drizzle and snow is expected overnight Sunday into Monday, she said.