Bring on the rain!
The cold has moved in, the rain has moved in, the weather has changed dramatically from yesterday’s 75 degrees.
Here are the rainfall totals as of 9 am:
These numbers are great! 2/3 of an inch of rain in Olathe and 1″+ downtown! A few tenths more are possible through
midday when the “precipitation” ends.
So why use the term “precipitation” in quotes? Well, I think you know why.
For a current look at radar, click here.
ESP:Live Radar shows the widespread area of rain over the KC area. Light rain is green, a bit heavier rain is shown by yellow, and some isolated spots where it’s really coming down shown by the orange. But that deep red and purple on the west side of this band of rain is something different: some ice pellets mixing in with the rain. I talked with a woman this morning from Seneca, KS (west of Hiawatha) who had reported some light ice on some elevated surfaces in that area. National Weather Service has also reported sleet west of Emporia.
As the entire band shifts eastward and temperatures drop, any rain falling this afternoon faces the possibility of some snowflakes or ice pellets mixing in for KC. This wouldn’t be anything to worry about and would not cause any problems on the roadways as ground temperatures are much too warm. The highest likelihood is for areas north and northwest of KC.
I want you to take a look at how cold the air is moving in from the northwest:
These temperatures readings were taken around 9 am today. Wow, what a drop: teens in Nebraska and 20s in northern Kansas to 30s in KC. As that cold air continues to surge southeastward, temperatures would be able to drop into the low 30s by midday in KC. This is cold enough for wintry precipitation – including a brief round of sleet pellets or snow flakes mixing in with any rain as it is in the process of ending.
This gives us just a narrow window to see some wintry precipitation mixing in with any rain in KC with the highest likelihood north and west.
Let me know what you’re seeing…I’ll have an update at 5pm. And remember, all of your weather pictures posted on kshb.com/pics go to our entire newsroom. We like to show them on our newscasts!
Have save Veterans Day.