Winter Storm Watch Issued For Tri-State Area Wednesday

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A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 6 PM MT/7 PM CT on Wednesday to 6 PM MT/7 PM CT Thursday. Travel could be very difficult due to snow, strong winds, and reduced visibilities.

Tuesday morning update: Wintry conditions return, impacting the Tri-State area beginning Wednesday evening. Strong winds are expected beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday evening. Rain will transition to snow Wednesday evening. Travel may be difficult at times Wednesday evening through Thursday.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for Tuesday afternoon and evening for counties along and west of KS Hwy 27. Dangerously dry and windy conditions are expected.

Fire weather conditions are expected Tuesday. Scattered thunderstorms and rain expected Wednesday. Much colder temperatures, snow, and extreme wind gusts are expected Wednesday night through Thursday. Total snowfall up to 9 inches possible.

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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.