By: Jim Caruso
A light snowfall accumulation affected parts of central Kansas Tuesday Evening, December 18th.
Tuesday started out quite mild across central and southeast Kansas, with highs ranging from 50 degrees at Salina and Russell, to 68 degrees in Wichita and Winfield.A low pressure area moved east out of Colorado across southern Kansas during the afternoon and evening. Behind the low pressure area, colder air moved into central and southeast Kansas via blustery northwest winds. As this system moved across, it was considerably stronger than what forecast models were indicating at the National Weather Service in Wichita. This low pressure area was able to squeeze out what little moisture the atmosphere had available, in the form of light snow across a portion of north central Kansas. The snow occurred for a few hours during Tuesday Evening and was generally over by Midnight Wednesday. Snow amounts ranged from one-half to one inch across the counties of Lincoln, Ellsworth, northeast Barton, and western Saline. See Image 1 for a satellite depiction of the remaining snow field from Tuesday Evening. By early Wednesday morning, low temperatures ranged from a chilly 18 degrees at Russell to the mid 30s at Coffeyville and Parsons.