A winter storm warning hasn’t been called for the Southeast Kansas area for nearly four years.
It was January of 2015 when the area last had a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri.
“In order to put out a winter storm there must be a snow accumulation of 6 inches or greater or  a combination of snow or sleet that would be impactful,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Doug Cramer said. “It just goes to show we hadn’t had much snow for the last three or four years.
“Last year was a cold winter but didn’t have much snow at all.”
Although the area had many instances of very cold temperatures these past few years, there hasn’t been too much “wintry” precipitation, Cramer said.
The current forecast shows a system in the Pacific Ocean which could indicate snowy weather. However, the system is slowing down in the ocean, indicating there may be less snow than was forecast. It is also indicating that the system will be on a more “southern track.”
If the trend continues, Cramer said the amount of snow across Southeast Kansas can be very light, there may not be one of flake snow.
“There’s still too much uncertainty to know exactly what’s going to happen,” Cramer said.
The wintery weather was originally forecast for Thursday and Friday, but is now looking to be closer to Saturday and Sunday.
Cramer said he encourages people to keep an watch out for forecast updates because there will most likely be more adjustments as time goes on.
According to the NWS of Springfield, it is forecast there will be a chance of flurries between midnight and 3 a.m. on Wednesday evening, with a low around 33 degrees.
On Thursday, there is a chance of rain, mixing with snow after 8 a.m. it is also forecast to be cloudy with a high near 38 degrees. Thursday evening is forecast to have a low of 23 degrees.
Friday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high near 36 degrees and Friday night, a low of 27 degrees.
Snow is likely on Saturday afternoon, cloudy with a high near 33 degrees and 70 percent chance of precipitation. Saturday evening is forecast to have a low around 24 degrees.
Sunday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high near 35 degrees and the week is forecast to begin with a high of 40 degrees on Monday.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.