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Arctic Blast Arrives With Some Winter Precipitation

Good morning bloggers,

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Kansas City metro and surrounding areas.  There is a storm system tracking across the plains and you can see the areas of rain and snow on this radar map from 7:30 AM:

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I just took Sunny The Weather Dog outside and it is turning much colder and very windy. It really hits you in the face with rain and temperatures falling. The temperatures are going to drop to way below 32° through the 20s and into the teens this afternoon.  Schools have been cancelled today. There will be some icing and dangerous conditions, and then maybe a little bit of snow, but the snowflake contest is likely to continue. The main disturbance just needs to track southeast of KC and an inch of snow will fall, but take a look at where it is, and I drew on the track:

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It is really incredibly frustrating to myself right now, as this disturbance is very close, but it is tracking northwest of KC. This will make it very difficult for any significant snow to fall, but there should be some after the disturbance moves by.  Temperatures will drop so be very careful as it ices up in the next few hours.

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Now through 9 AM: Rain changing to freezing rain. Temperatures dropping into the 20s with icing up of non treated and elevated surfaces such as decks, driveways, bridges, off and on ramps.
  • 9 AM – Noon: Freezing rain changing to sleet or snow. Accumulations of under an inch possible. Slick and hazardous driving conditions likely continue to worsen. Temperatures dropping to near 20 degrees.
  • Noon – 6 PM: Snow tapers off to flurries with a dusting to under an inch on top of the ice possible. Temperatures dropping into the teens.

Have a great day. Due to the heavy traffic from so many people, this blog has been getting slow. We are working on finding ways to fix this problem. It has happened when winter storm systems approach in the past. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for sharing this weather experience, go to Weather2020.com and join in the conversation.

Gary

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