Arctic Blast Arrives Monday

Good Saturday bloggers,

We had scattered snow showers this morning in northern Missouri. A few went through KC about 2 AM, lasting about 2 minutes. So, if your car was parked outside, it may have a dusting of snow on it.  The roads are fine. Northern Missouri may have a few locations with up to 1/2″ and slick roads.


These snow showers are being caused by numerous disturbances running northwest to southeast along the boundary between the Arctic air and normal cold air. Saturday morning saw temperatures range from 34° in Valentine, NE to -22°/-21° in Wisconsin.


TODAY: We will see periods of clouds with highs 30°-35°. The Arctic air and snow will be located along and east of the Mississippi river. We cannot rule out a few rain and snow showers around here this afternoon as these disturbances race by.


SUNDAY MORNING: The Arctic air will drift west, so we will see lows 15°-20°. The coldest of the air will stay northeast and east of KC, sneaking back to northern Missouri.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON: We get a reprieve from the brutal cold as warmer air surges back east taking our highs to around 40°. This is just brief relief as an Arctic front will be surging south through the northern Plains.


SUNDAY NIGHT/EARLY MONDAY MORNING: The Arctic front will blast through with scattered rain and snow showers. We do not expect any accumulation or slick roads. The only way we have slick roads is of there is enough water left on the roads by the time temperatures drop below freezing Monday morning. At this time amounts looks to be a trace to .05″. So, we have to keep an eye on this, but does not look like a big deal at this time.


MONDAY AFTERNOON: The Arctic air will be pouring in on north winds at 15-25 mph. Temperatures will drop to 10°-15° with wind chill values as low as -10°.


A second Arctic front moves in Tuesday and so the coldest days of next week will be Wednesday and Thursday. The lows from Bismarck, ND to Chicago, IL will be ludicrously low at -35° to -25°.  Wind chill values will drop to -60° to -50°! If you have plans to head north next week, keep this in mind. This is crazy for even those northern cities.

There is not much snow with all of this cold for our region. A system on Thursday may bring some accumulating snow from Nebraska to Missouri on the southwest edge of the Arctic air, but the chance is low at this time.


The Arctic air retreats big time next weekend.

Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner

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