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On to the Next System

Good Sunday bloggers,

As Gary blogged earlier, this first system formed a bit farther north than we were thinking. 1/2″ to 2″ of snow occurred in northern Missouri while the KC area received a period of freezing rain/drizzle. Any untreated surfaces will be slick, especially the surfaces that already had ice on them. Surface conditions will improve this afternoon as temperatures rise above freezing.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Temperatures will rise to the mid and upper 30s under a cloudy sky with some mist.  All surfaces will begin to see improvement. Tonight will remain cloudy with some mist and lows 30-35. So a few locations could see refreezing.

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MONDAY MORNING: The next storm system arrives with rain. Northern Missouri may see some freezing rain/sleet/snow as the precipitation starts, creating more slick conditions.  If KC drops to 30°-32°, then the precipitation would start as freezing rain. This would create slick spots at the onset of the precipitation. However, we expect the temperatures to warm quickly to above freezing Monday morning.

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MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING: Periods of rain and drizzle are looking likely with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. We could see .10″ to .50″ of rain. This not only washes off the messy salt, but the roads with ice still on them will improve quickly. A mix is possible near the Iowa border where highs will be in the low to mid 30s.

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TUESDAY MORNING: The storm will race by midnight to noon Tuesday. Colder air (not Arctic) will rush in on northwest winds gusting to 40 mph. The rain will likely change to snow before it ends. Right now we do not think there will be much snow. But, we have to watch this closely for a quick burst of heavy snow and some accumulation. The storm will be in the Great Lakes by Tuesday afternoon allowing the sun to return and winds to diminish.

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Wednesday will be a nice day followed by a cold blast and the next system Thursday-Friday. We will focus on this in a few days.

Have a great week.

Jeff Penner

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