Good morning bloggers,
Winter and Spring continue to battle it out this week. In round one, today, winter will win. In round 2, later in the week spring is going to win. Snow is moving our way as I am writing this early this morning, and it is targeting areas near to just west and southwest of the KC metro area. It is really almost in the same spot as two nights ago.
Here was the area of snow as of 6:45 AM. This band was moving east and southeast. Let’s see how organized it becomes as it approaches from the west and northwest. It is currently timed to arrive between now and noon, but then it would only last around one to three hours, depending on where you are located. There will likely be some minor accumulation, mostly on grassy surfaces as this moves through during the middle of the day. This snow is associated with a fast moving upper level disturbance that will zip by later today and this will be followed by a cold surge of air a the surface.
The area of snow is continuing to push slowly southeast and it was just north and west of Topeka at 9 AM. The leading echoes were all aloft with snow beginning to fall at Manhattan, KS at just before 9. The area of snow is weakening as it approaches areas northwest of Kansas City, but it still seems to be targeting the south metro area. Rain could mix in and be more of a factor if temperatures warm just a little bit before this arrives.
After this system moves by today another storm system will be approaching from the west with this surface set-up forecast by two days from now:
Take a look at that powerful storm off the New England coast. The wind speeds in knots are indicated but the color table at the bottom of the map. I wouldn’t want to be in a ship off the New England coast with those nearly hurricane force winds forecast offshore. Back home, we will have our own strong southerly winds trying to draw moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico. This storm will move by Thursday. There is a lead disturbance that will spread a band of showers and thunderstorms across the southern plains. We will likely be near the northern edge of this lead system.
We will go over all of the details of these changes on 41 Action News. Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great start to the week.