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Good morning bloggers,
A strong storm is just now developing and our area will get some beneficial rain from this as it begins intensifying and moving away later today:
- The southeast half of the KC metro area has been getting the heaviest rain
- Rainfall amounts will be much higher south and east of I-35 again, just like the last storm with areas just north of Kansas City getting very little rain again
- The rain should end from northwest to southeast by later this morning into early this afternoon
- Temperatures will likely be in the 40s all day long with the wind increasing a bit from the northwest
Please let us know how much rain you have received so far. Thank you for spending a few minutes of the day reading the Action Weather Blog. Here is a look at the radar and a little discussion of the bigger picture.
Take a look at the storm system moving across this morning. It almost looks like there is an eye just south of Topeka:
Heavy rain is falling in the areas that have the yellow, orange, to red echoes.
The storm affecting us this morning is the beginning of what will end up being a major northeastern snowstorm. A blizzard will likely be developing tomorrow into Saturday morning with winds gusting to strong tropical storm strength gusts of 40 to 60 mph. Snow will be heavy and this will cause major problems for travel beginning tomorrow. We are moving into the part of the weather pattern that produced Super-Storm Sandy and this one will be memorable as well. Some New England cities could have two feet of snow with the blizzard conditions.
This next map is a closer up view of this storm that is forecast to rapidly intensify late Friday night. This GFS model from the 06z model run shows a 981 mb surface low still strengthening off the northeast coast:
We will go over the details of this storm and what lies ahead for us on 41 Action News today and tonight. Have the umbrella handy this morning. I have to figure out a way to get Breezy and Stormy outside in the rain.