Wind chill values will be between -6 and 4 degrees on Friday in the capital city and northeast Kansas, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.
Snow is expected to continue Friday night, with less than an inch accumulation, and skies will turn mostly cloudy. There is a slight chance of ice jams on area rivers on Friday into early Saturday, so if you live along a river monitor those ice conditions.
Kurt Schwartz, the director of MEMA, said street flooding is likely in some spots, caused by ice dams or storm drains that have not been dug out, leaving no place for the water to go.
"So the No. 1 hazard we have here is, what we call, a "flash freeze" across roadways".
"Power outages are the biggest thing we're anxious about right now because of the heat", said Marion County Emergency Management Agency Director Sarah McNamee. As it does, temperatures will drop, and an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain will develop. In addition, driving conditions after the rain stops are expected to be hard, as temperatures are expected to drop once again come late Saturday/earlySunday, resulting in flooded streets becoming encrusted with heavy patches of ice.
The Flood Warning Center opened at 3:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, when the Tolt River reached a Phase 2 flood alert level, creating the potential for minor flooding in low-lying areas along the river upstream of Carnation.
Wind chill values described by meteorologists as risky are expected to persist throughout the weekend and into Tuesday. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch are possible.
The National Weather Service expected rain on Thursday to change to freezing rain and then snow that evening into Friday morning accumulating to around an inch of precipitation. Winds will be coming from the northwest at 9 to 18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 miles per hour.