Good morning bloggers,
Below is a pic from this morning. Downtown KC was shrowded in dense fog:
There were reports of visibilities reduced to less than 1/4 of a mile within the metro around sunrise. A Dense Fog Advisory was issued, then expired for KC before 9 am. The winds had already shifted northwest and drier air moving in with this northwest breeze helped to lift a lot of the fog early. KCI, however, still reported dense fog with visibilities at 1/3 of a mile at 9:30 am.
Below is a surface map from 9:23 this morning.
KC is in the lower right hand corner of this image. The big winter storm, which the Weather Channel named Caesar, produced over 10 inches of snow in Minnesota and blizzard conditions in South Dakota. The storm is drawing some very cold air in behind it. I circled in blue the reported -17° over western North Dakota. North Dakota at this time was under a Wind Chill Advisory as Wind Chills approached -25° to -35°. This is an example of the level of cold air that is plunging into the Plains.
The northwest winds will be piping that colder air mass toward KC today. So here’s what to expect:
12 noon: Low 40s, NW wind 15-20 mph, Wind Chill 30s
3 p.m.: Upper 30s to near 40°, NW wind 15-25 mph, Wind Chill around 30°
6 p.m.: 32°, NW wind 15-25 mph, Wind Chill around 20°
12 a.m.: 22°, NW wind 15-25 mph, Wind Chill around 10°
6 a.m.: 14°, NW wind 15-25 mph, Wind Chill may dip near zero
Keep warm tonight my friends. The winds will back off Monday afternoon, but it will still be cold and sunny!
We’ll have an update to the question “will next weekend’s storm system bring rain to KC?” on our newscast tonight at 5 pm.
Have a good day!