Good late morning bloggers,
Kansas City Weather Time-Line:
- Now-6 PM: Snow, well sleet first, increasing with accumulations likely as you can see below on our snowfall forecast map. This will be the coldest March high temperature in Kansas City’s history.
So what happened? Were we really wrong in the forecast? We should look into this a bit deeper and I am going to do this in tomorrow’s blog. I first would like to see how this last band of snow moves through and how much we will get. It almost baffles the meteorological mind that sleet has continued to fall as of 10 AM with temperatures this cold. I will hold off on the explanation and discussion until tomorrow morning.
The main storm system looks impressive on satellite and it is still approaching from the west. Areas of snow have been increasing west and southwest of Kansas City and as this approaches I-70 will be near the northern extent of this new area of snow. It may very well end up being an efficient snow producer south of Kansas City, with KC on the northern edge of the finale of this storm. Here is our final snowfall forecast for this last part of the storm. It is still tricky, even at this stage. So, please hold off on so much criticism until this storm is over.
Take a look at how impressive the storm looks this morning on the water vapor image just taken at 9:17 AM. How does this not bring the snow back north into Kansas City? I think it will and we will know a lot more before noon.
As the storm moves across Kansas this afternoon and evening accumulations of snow will be likely:
The amount of precipitation forecast will have ended up being accurate. The most amazing part about what just happened is the fact that it was down to 2 degrees and still sleeting. It is almost impossible to believe that such a thing happened overnight. We knew all along that there was a rather good chance of sleet, but most of the event overnight was sleet along and south of I-70 which, rather obviously, cut into the snowfall totals. Again, I will go much deeper into this explanation tomorrow.
Let us know if you finally start seeing snowflakes instead of sleet. Have a great Sunday.