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Fast Moving Storm System & Thanksgiving Week

Good Saturday bloggers,

We are tracking a storm system moving 60-65 mph across the Plains and Midwest today. Since, the storm system is moving so fast we will see rapid weather improvement this afternoon.

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

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Here is how fast the storm is moving as we look back at the surface pattern since Friday evening.

8 PM FRIDAY: It was around 60° in KC and in the 70s over much of Oklahoma. A surface low was found in northeast Kansas with colder air moving south across Nebraska.

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3 AM SATURDAY: The cold front was moving south across KC as temperatures ranged from the 70s in southwest Missouri and eastern Oklahoma to the 30s in Nebraska.

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8 AM SATURDAY: The cold front was racing by I-44 as the surface low was northwest of St. Louis. Temperatures dropped to the 40s in KC, but it was still near 70° in St. Louis. Winds were gusting 30 to 40 mph in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

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8 AM SATURDAY: Rain, mostly light with moderate to heavy downpours was widespread across the region. Remember, it is moving east at 60-65 mph! Rainfall totals will range from around .05″ to .50″.

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3 PM SATURDAY: The storm will be mostly east of the Mississippi river and the sun will be out here in KC with highs back to around 50°. The wind will be decreasing, but still gusting 20-30 mph from the northwest.

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SUNDAY MORNING: It will be clear, calm and cold with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON: This is the day to get the leaves up, hang the Christmas lights or clean the lint trap. It will be sunny, with a 5-15 mph southwest wind along with highs 50° to 55°. Highs will be near 60° in western Kansas and that will be our weather Monday.

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We will look in more detail at the Thanksgiving holiday on Sunday, but here is a look at the biggest travel day of the year.

WEDNESDAY: There will be a large ridge in the western USA and trough in the Midwest extending to the southeast USA. There are no big storm systems on this day, but there will be showers in the Pacific Northwest, rain in the deep southeast USA and perhaps a small snow system in the upper Midwest.

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It will be warm and dry in the southwest USA, cold from the northern Plains to Midwest, Great Lakes into the southeast USA.

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Have a great rest of your weekend.

Jeff Penner

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