Strong winds, snow in forecast for northeast Kansas
photo by: National Weather Service in Topeka
Story updated at 2:24 p.m. Thursday
Snow and strong winds could combine to create near-blizzard conditions in some portions of northeast Kansas on Friday.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a wind advisory for Douglas County and surrounding areas until 6 p.m. Friday. A separate winter weather advisory will be in effect Friday until 6 p.m. Blowing and drifting snow could create visibility issues and make travel dangerous, the weather service warns.
Northwest winds 25 to 30 mph, with gusts to around 50 mph, are expected throughout the day Friday until calming to 10 to 20 mph in the evening, according to the weather service.
Snow is likely to accompany the high winds Friday, as temperatures drop and the high is expected to reach only the mid 30s. Up to an inch of snow accumulation may be possible in the Lawrence area, and flurries could continue into Friday night, according to the weather service.
Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with highs in the upper 30s and west winds up to 15 mph.