Following a fairly mild winter thus far, it looks like the cold may finally be catching up in southeast Kansas as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area. The warning began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and remains in effect through 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Expect heavy mixed wintry precipitation, with a total snow accumulation of two to five inches and ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph and will impact portions of south central and southeast Kansas.

Plan on slippery road conditions and be cautious of areas of blowing snow, which could significantly reduce visibility. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

The wintry precipitation was expected to begin as freezing rain Friday evening and change over to snow by Saturday morning. Below freezing temperatures will lead to water refreezing on elevated or untreated roadways.

Stay safe, stay dry, and if you do have to travel, let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.