Good morning bloggers,
WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH TONIGHT
It is almost 5 AM and I will be on my way to work soon for a very long, yet exciting day of tracking what will likely become one of Kansas City’s biggest snowstorms in recorded history. The storm is going to begin in the next two hours or so and we appreciate all of you helping us out as we get through this fascinating weather day. Please comment and let us know what you are experiencing and we will share some of your thoughts on 41 Action News today and tonight. Our weather team will be working through the day to bring you the most in-depth weather information.
- Now through 6 PM: Snow will begin, there will be a few thunderstorms. Heavy snow is likely and some sleet is likely farther south. Total accumulations of between 10 and 15 inches are possible today! The wind will blow at speeds of around 10 to 25 mph causing some blowing and drifting of the snow. Roads will be slick and difficult to travel on and travel is being discouraged today.
- After 6 PM: More bands of snow move in with some additional accumulation possible
All week long I have been discussing the importance of the upper level storm track. And, one of the things that made this forecast so difficult was that the models were predicting that it would track northwest of us. Well, it appears that the models were wrong, because here it comes. Let’s take a look but first here is the snowfall forecast we made on the 10 PM newscast last night:
Snow is spreading in from the south as I am writing this and we are tracking this storm on 41 Action News.
Take a look at the 500 mb forecast valid at noon today. This shows the upper level low and vorticity maximum moving into western Oklahoma. In snow storms the heaviest snow is often along and northwest of this vort max. And, it is tracking directly towards us. We will show it on satellite pictures if you watch 41 Action News this morning.
The lastest GFS and NAM models take this system directly overhead this evening which will likely place us in a comma head of precipitation. Take a look at all of the lightning early this morning to our southwest:
Snowfall rates of 3 inches per hour are likely with any thunderstorms and this will locally increase the totals.
I will try to update the blog later. Thank you for sharing this weather experience with us. Go to KSHB.com/pics and post your pictures. Keep us updated on your totals. Have a great snow day.