Good morning bloggers,
Have you watched “Let’s Ask America”? It is on KSHB-TV every night at 6:30 PM. I will be on the show playing against other meteorologists on Thursday night. I will be playing for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.
While the northeastern and mid-Altantic states are getting a nice precipitation event today, we continue to be almost bone dry. Today’s weather will feature a huge warm-up, and then it will be followed by a cold blast, but with very little chance of significant precipitation.
Here is New York City’s forecast: Snow is likely this morning. It will then change to rain and snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain this afternoon. Very little accumulation of ice or snow is expected. Highs will be just above freezing. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
It just doesn’t seem fair. New York City is in one of the hot spots that we had in our winter forecast. Kansas City is not even close to one of the hot spots and it has been a struggle for us to have any precipitation. The drought is worsening again with no end in sight. We do expect a few good chances for precipitation in February, but the potential for a soaking rain or a major snowstorm is very low.
Temperatures will be warming up today:
As you can see above, the temperatures will be warming to near 70 degrees in our viewing area this afternoon. A strong cold front will move through with an Arctic blast making it’s way southeast later this week. There is still some question as to how much of this Arctic air will make it into the KC metro area, but it will certainly be a strong push of cold air. Take a look at the surface temperature forecast valid Thursday morning:
This is a true Arctic blast that will impact the northern plains and then into the Great Lakes and upper midwest states. But, Kansas City will be on the southwestern edge of this brutally cold air mass.
I have looked at the new data. I would like to continue to analyze the situation and write up a new blog later today. We have a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, mainly in the morning and most likely south and east of Kansas City, and then a chance of some snow as the storm zips by tomorrow night. We will go over the details on 41 Action News today and tonight.
Have a great day!