The winter weather may finally be upon southeast Kansas as there is a chance of snow Friday night through Saturday night. No accumulation of snow is predicted. 

The National Weather Service out of Wichita forecast said rain will begin Friday but with a high of 40 projected, no snow is in the forecast until Friday night when rain and snow is forecasted between 10 p.m. and 2 p.m. with snow likely after 2 p.m. There is a 90 percent chance of precipitation Friday night and the low will dip down to 32 degrees. 

Snow chances continue through Saturday until about 9 a.m. when the snow will most likely change over to rain. The high Saturday should be near 40 degrees and the chance of precipitation is 40 percent. The chance of precipitation goes down to 20 percent Saturday night when there is a slight chance of rain and snow forecasted with a low around 28 degrees.

Temperatures stay in the 40 degree range through Sunday with the sun expected to peak out Monday and Tuesday with highs near 44 and 50. Lows Sunday and Monday nights will range from 26 to 28 degrees.

AAA Exchange offers these tips for driving in winter weather:

  • Avoid driving while fatigued
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area such as a garage
  • Make certain tires are properly inflated
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up
  • Avoid using parking brake in the cold, rainy and snowy weather
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface
  • Always look and steer where you want to go
  • Always use your seatbelt
  • Check weather reports before a trip
  • Make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Drive slowly
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not the best way to stop is threshold breaking which is keeping the heel of your foot on the floor and using the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the pedal
  • Don't stop if you can avoid it
  • Don't power up hills and don't stop going up a hill
  • Stay home if you really don't need to be out

 

If you do become snowbound, AAA suggests never leaving your vehicle as it provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. It is best to tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. Be sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow, ice or mud as a blocked exhaust could cause carbon monoxide to leak into the passenger compartment causing possible death.

If you do have to be out driving in inclement weather, be sure to use caution — no life is worth being in a hurry.