• L&T staff report
A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. today for parts of Southwest Kansas, including Liberal, Kismet, Meade, Hugoton, Moscow and Satanta.
The National Weather Service reported a small and quick moving upper level trough of low pressure will bring winter precipitation to much of the area.
“A colder air mass is beginning to filter southward across Kansas from Nebraska this morning,” the NWS Web site reported at 3 a.m. “Meanwhile, a surface low pressure system will track across Oklahoma today. The combination of lift associated with this low and the colder airmass spreading across Kansas will result in wintry precipitation today.”
The NWS said winter precipitation would develop around 6 a.m., peak around noon and then gradually taper from west to east by late evening.
Freezing drizzle is expected to be the dominant type of precipitation, although freezing rain and sleet are possible as well. These conditions will cause secondary and untreated roads to become icy. Bridges and overpasses will also become especially hazardous.
The NWS also said a few hundredths of ice and sleet accumulation is possible through the evening hours.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippeyr roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.