Good morning bloggers, It’s Friday!
I am still recovering from the past 48 hours and I am a bit slow this morning. I had no sleep two nights ago, but I did get caught up last night. Yesterday was one of the more memorable weather days in my entire life. I have experienced many major storm systems in my life, many of them in Southern California during big winters in 1978 and 1979 when a series of powerful storm systems hit Los Angeles. But, yesterday’s snowfall intensity for the four hours that it blasted across our viewing area is one of the more memorable for a few reasons.
Major Snowstorm Slams The KC Metro Area:
- Thunderstorms with snow produced lightning and thunder and tremendous snowfall rates
- The snowfall rate likely came close to 4 inches per hour few a few minutes at a time, with 2 to 3 inch snowfall rates for four consecutive hours
- The bulls eye was right over the south side of the KC metro area
- I measured one foot in front of KSHB-TV at 4720 Oak Street
It had to be scary for many people who had to abandon their cars on the highways when they got stuck. The snow came down so hard and so fast that close to ten inches of snow, and drifts up to 15 or 20 inches of snow, caused vehicles to get stuck. There are a lot of good samaritans who helped out all over the city.
Here is the winter storm summary from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill:
Click on: Winter Storm Blasts Region for the National Weather Services summary of this storm system. And, I would like to thank all of you, the bloggers, for the reports and information you shared with 41 Action News during this storm system. I was able to use your information and it was nice to share this weather experience in such a positive way with all of you.
Okay, let’s move on to the next storm! It is like a week away right……NOPE, it is less than three days away. The next storm system will be digging into the Rocky Mountains this weekend and most of the computer models have been developing a major winter storm centered near Kansas City again. Let’s look at this morning’s NAM model:
This map (click on it for a larger view) shows the energy that will begin the carving out of our next potential storm system. This is a very strong jet stream coming across the eastern Pacific to just off the Washington and Oregon coast this evening. It will go through a major transition as it comes across the Pacific Northwest coast tonight and Saturday and begin diving south over the southern Rocky Mountain states. What happens to this energy between now and Sunday morning will be extremely important to how we are affected by Monday. Everything is pointing towards this being another impacting storm system.
Take a look at what happens with this energy by Monday morning:
The energy dives over the Rocky Mountains and carves out this powerful storm system. The map on the right shows the upper low forming over northeastern Oklahoma. If it forms in this area Kansas City will be in the perfect spot for a snowstorm, potentially bigger and more intense than the storm we just experienced. This would create near blizzard conditions over our viewing area with major accumulations of snow. Now, let’s remember that this storm, just like the last one as it came into the west coast, doesn’t exist at the moment. It will form as it moves over Colorado and New Mexico. Confidence is somewhat high that we will be impacted by this storm system again.
Let’s take a deep breath today and see how the models trend. I will be working out the details and coming up with a good way to describe this on 41 Action News tonight. Our weather team will keep you updated over the weekend.
And, does anyone have any ideas on how to find spots for the dogs? Here are Breezy and Stormy trying to find someplace to go. Have a great day!
Have a great morning. I will update the blog again sometime this evening as time permits. Right now I am going to get to the gym and get my workout in! Thank you for sharing in this weather experience. Let us know if you have any questions/thoughts.