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Rain, Wind, Brief Warm Up and a Second Storm

Good Saturday bloggers,

We have an interesting day of weather as a strong storm system tracks across the Plains. We are having periods of rain and a few thunderstorms this morning with temperatures around 40°. Then, a small warm sector will race by between about noon and 2 PM. This will take temperatures to around 60° for 1-2 hours. During this time, there will be scattered thunderstorms and a few may contain small hail. Then, the cold front will sweep through, and winds will pick up to 20-30 mph gusting to 40-50 mph from the west as temperatures drop back to the 30s and wind chill values drop to the teens and 20s.

Here is the surface set up at 730 AM Saturday. A surface low was located near Russell, KS and there was a warm sector found from southcentral/southeast Kansas to Oklahoma. This warm sector will track north and be in our area for 1-2 hours around noon.

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Scattered thunderstorms will be possible in the warm sector and some may contain small hail. The main severe weather today will occur from Tennessee to Mississippi to unfortunately northwest Alabama as well. It is these locations where an enhanced slight risk is found.

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SATURDAY 12-2 PM: The warm sector will be tracking northeast across the region. Temperatures will range from the 40s in northern Missouri to around 60° in KC and 65° southeast of KC. If you want to enjoy the warm air, don’t blink, as it will only last 1-2 hours. Notice, Emporia is in the 40s with 40-50 mph wind gusts. Also, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around and a few thunderstorms may contain small hail.

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SATURDAY 4 PM: The weather features are racing along and by 4 PM temperatures will be back down to the 40s, heading to the 30s as winds come from the west gusting 40-50 mph. The rain will be moving away and wind chill values will be in the teens and 20s.

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SUNDAY: This will be a calmer weather day with lows 25°-30° and highs 40°-45° under a partly cloudy sky.

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TUESDAY: Monday will be similar to Sunday with highs in the 40s after lows in the 20s. The second storm will be spread it’s first band of rain into our area Monday night into early Tuesday. Tuesday will be a rainy and cool day with highs in the 40s.

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WEDNESDAY: There will be more rain and some thunderstorms. Temperatures may jump to 60° on this day for a few hours. It will also be windy. This storm will bring a widespread 1″ to 2″ of rain across most of the Plains as opposed to the current storm that is bringing most of its rain to the east. Our area will see .25″ to 1″ of rain today and then 1″-2″ Tuesday and Wednesday. That is quite a bit of rain for this time of year.

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the 1-2 hours of warm weather today.

Jeff Penner

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