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AFC Championship Game Day Forecast

Good Sunday bloggers,

The day we have been waiting for has arrived. The Chiefs are playing for the right to play in the Superbowl tonight. We have been going for cold weather and that is a certainty. But, could we see snow? There is a small disturbance in Nebraska that could bring flurries/very light snow for tailgating.  It is heading our way, and as you can see, it is rather small, and if it snows at all, even a few snowflakes could make people “freak out” a bit.  We are getting so many messages of “at least your forecast was wrong for game day, it didn’t turn out the way you thought”. And, we are like, “what are you talking about”. It is going to be around 14 degrees by the end of the game with wind chills possibly below zero.  What is it that was wrong with this prediction? It may rise to 20 or 22 for tailgating as that disturbance approaches, then guess what, we get a “back door” cold front.  Yes, a cold surge from the northeast arrives during the game, and if anything, that is the twist in the forecast.

At present course and speed this snow is timed for 11 AM to 3 PM. Right now it looks like flurries to a dusting. So, keep that in mind if you are headed to a watch party or the game.

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SUNDAY: A warm front will be setting up near KC today with highs in the 30s to near 40 in Kansas. This warmer air will not make it this way as the disturbance heading this way will move by and push the colder air back west as it moves by. So, for the game, the temperatures will actually drop a few degrees with wind chill values near 0°.

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SUNDAY (3 PM): You can see the patches of light snow. This could affect tailgating at Arrowhead. A dusting is possible, so keep this in mind if you are headed to a watch party or the game. Even a dusting can make it slick. Temperatures will be 15°-20°. The warm front has become a cold front and is pushing the warmer air farther away.

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SUNDAY (6 PM): The wind will be from the east and northeast at 10-15 mph with the snowflakes moving away. Temperatures will begin to slip as the colder air pushes back in.

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Here is the forecast for the AFC Championship game. There is a chance of flurries and very light snow 11 AM-3 PM that could dust the ground white. You can see from around Kickoff to the end of the game temperatures will drop a few degrees and the wind chill will be near zero.

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Will we be able to see the eclipse, the Super(bowl) Blood (red) (KC)wolf moon? There is going to be a cloud problem for sure. But, after the little disturbance moves by we may see enough breaks or thinner clouds so that the moon will be visible.

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We have another storm that will affect the middle of the USA Tuesday.

MONDAY: There will be lots of mid and high level clouds with highs 30°-35°. The warmer temperatures will be negated by a southeast wind at 15-25 mph, so wind chill values will be in the teens.

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TUESDAY: It looks like we will be on the warmer side of the storm with the best chance of accumulating snow across Nebraska, Iowa and far northern Missouri. We will have the chance to see drizzle or a few light rain showers. If the drizzle comes in faster, it could start as freezing drizzle early Tuesday. Also, as the storm exits Tuesday afternoon and night we could see some snow showers.

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It is another day where sports and weather are converging!

GO CHIEFS!

Have a great week.

Jeff Penner

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