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A Slick Morning As Storm Moves Off To The East

Good morning bloggers,

Yesterday was quite the interesting weather day for us weather enthusiasts and it has now had an impact on many of our lives this morning.  There are many school closings in Kansas City, and the roads are slick, so provide a lot of extra time if you are heading into work this morning.  The sun will be coming out in full force, so conditions will improve, but it will be a cold day with highs in the lower 20s.  Snowfall amounts were about as predicted yesterday. Here was our prediction, with some of the amounts that have come in so far.

SnowSnowfall amounts:

  • Stewartsville, MO (just east of St. Joseph):  5.0″
  • St. Joseph, MO:  4.5″
  • Lawrence, KS:  3.0″
  • Platte City, MO:  2.5″
  • Shawnee, KS:  2.1″
  • Kansas City, North:  2.0″
  • The Plaza:  1.3″
  • Blue Springs, MO:  1.0″
  • Please provide more totals, and I will add to this list……

From MODOT: “Even with crews out all night, we had more snow than expected and lots of drifting snow. Many roads are still covered and many slick spots. Drive safely.”  Well, we know this is simply not true if they would have monitored our prediction.  As you can see, these numbers are falling right into place on the forecast that we put out yesterday. The sleet that fell cut into the totals in a few spots.  That snow was coming down pretty strongly and it just didn’t last that long.

The Weather Pattern:

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A strong and deep upper low and trough is forming and will extend from northern Canada south into Texas by Thursday afternoon as you can see above.  Fast moving disturbances in northwest flow aloft will have to be monitored closely, and there will be potential Arctic blasts as each wave moves through.

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One of these disturbances looks to be a dry one early on Thursday.  A wet storm will be moving across the eastern seaboard tomorrow with snow inland and rain along the coast extending from New England to Florida.  An Arctic front will be moving through KC early Thursday morning and temperatures will drop again later in the day:

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By Friday morning, as you can see above, temperatures will drop to way below zero across northern Missouri north into Canada. KC is on the edge of this Arctic blast, and just as it gets here a disturbance will zip by as you can see below:

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A fast moving wave may produce 1  to 2 inch snowfall amounts over southern Iowa and Missouri Friday afternoon. Kansas City is on the edge of this one, and others.  This will mostly be  a dry weather pattern for the next week or so. When is the next chance of a more significant storm in KC according to the LRC?  One system is likely around the first few days of February. We will be monitoring for that system soon.  In the mean time bundle up, and let’s watch these fast moving systems closely.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.  Let us know if you have any questions by clicking on the Weather2020 blog and have a great day. Here is the link:  Weather2020 Blog

Gary

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