Crazy April Weather

Good Saturday bloggers,

We have been tracking a large storm system across the middle part of the USA that has brought severe weather and a blizzard. This is the storm we have been targeting for weeks, using the LRC. It is the reason we chose April 13-17 for severe weather to occur from the eastern Plains to Midwest through the delta region and Tennessee Valley.

We came rather close to a tornado in downtown Kansas City Friday night, now snow is on the way. Click on the video for more with the main blog below.

Close to a tornado in downtown Kansas City

Here are all of the storm reports from Friday and Saturday morning, winter and spring. There are snow reports from Colorado to Montana into the Dakotas with hail, wind and tornado reports from Minnesota south to the Gulf coast.

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Here are the severe weather reports. There was non-thunderstorm wind damage in Colorado and a few wildfires due to dryness and high wind in Texas.

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The severe weather reports around here were mostly hail. Olathe was the winner, coming in with 2″ diameter sized hail at 5:55 PM Friday. There were also a few reports of non-thunderstorm wind damage as well.

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The tornado reports were found in western Arkansas to extreme northeast Texas and northern sections of Louisiana.

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What is next? This big storm system will track off to the east with new severe weather east of the Mississippi river and snow/wind across Nebraska and the Dakotas, extending south into northern Kansas. Our area will be windy and cold with rain and snow showers increasing this afternoon from the northwest.

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SATURDAY NIGHT: It will be windy and cold with light snow as temperatures drop to the 20s and wind chill values fall to around 10°. The roads will be mostly fine with bridges and overpasses possibly becoming slick. Even if roads are damp to wet, that could cause black ice on bridges and overpasses when temperatures are in the 20s. Main roads will only get slick if the snow comes down hard enough as a strong wind will blow the snow around and the surfaces will be warmer, but that being said, use caution if you are out tonight.

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SUNDAY MORNING: This is nuts! Lows will be in the low to mid 20s with winds gusting 30-40 mph. This makes wind chill values in the single digits at times! The snow will be mostly over, but any snow after midnight will make it three straight Sunday’s in April with snow in a season that received under 10″ of snow. There may be slick spots on the roads.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON: It will be cloudy, windy and cold with temperatures 30 degrees below average as highs struggle to 40° and wind chill values stay in the teens and 20s.

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MONDAY MORNING: We will have yet another hard freeze as the sky clears and the wind diminishes.  Wow! Is this the last freeze of the season? Well, it looks like the last hard freeze, but we may still see a night or two around 30°. Will these be the last snowflakes of the season? Most likely, but this is a crazy pattern and it can snow in May!

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Have a great weekend and it will be 70° by Tuesday.

Jeff Penner

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