Eight to 16 inches of snowfall are possible through Friday night, the National Weather Service warns. Travel is strongly discouraged as white conditions will make it extremely dangerous to be outside.
A blizzard warning has been issued for Sumner County by the National Weather Service.
The warning will remain in effect from 1 a.m., Friday to 7 a.m., Saturday.
The NWS is predicting snowfall amounts between 8 to 16 inches with locally higher amounts near the Oklahoma border. Snow is expected to start falling late Thursday night though Friday night. Strong winds of 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts to 50 mph will produce significant blowing and drifting snow as well as visibilities less than one quarter mile and wind chills near zero are likely, the NWS reports.
Whiteout conditions will make it extremely dangerous to be outside, making travel difficult or impossible, meteorologists for the NWS say. Travel is strongly discouraged, but if you must travel, carry a winter survival kit with you.
A winter weather kit consists of a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, knife, high-calorie, non-perishable food, extra clothing to keep dry, a large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes, a smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water, sack of sand or cat litter, shovel, windshield scraper and brush, tool kit, tow rope, booster cables, water container, compass and road maps.
If you do travel and get stranded, stay with your vehicle until help arrives, the NWS says.
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