Major Winter Storm Forecast For Area; Blizzard Warning Issued

Blizzard conditions will move in from the west as the rain changes to snow beginning this afternoon. Wind gusts will peak this afternoon, then decline some during the night followed by a second lesser peak in wind speed Saturday morning. The strongest winds will be west of Highway 83. Travel will be dangerous during this storm. Any travelers may become stranded.

Today temperatures will warm very little from the night before falling this afternoon. Saturday the cold temperatures combined with the high winds will create wind chills around zero in the morning! Sunday more seasonal weather returns. The colder temperatures will be in the deeper snow pack.

The winds will strengthen from west to east today. While gusts of 60+ MPH are expected for all counties, the strongest winds will remain west of Highway 83. Wind gusts will reach a peak this afternoon, then gradually slow some during the night. A second lesser peak in intensity is expected Saturday morning followed by a gradual reduction in wind speed through the rest of the day. The high winds and snow will lead to near zero visibility/whiteout conditions for most of the Tri-State Area.

Most of the snow will fall during the night. There will be some lingering snow Saturday. Any travel is highly discouraged during this storm.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.