The 23rd Winter Event

Good Saturday bloggers,

Here we go again. Our next and 23rd winter event that has required some kind of treatment from salting to shoveling arrives tonight. If you have plans today and this evening the roads will be dry as the snow does not start until midnight to 2 AM. Now, once it starts, the roads will get slick quick.


The storm that will affect us is still in California as of Saturday morning, so yes, it is a quick mover. That is one reason our snowfall totals will be kept down a bit. A disturbance in Nebraska is producing snow there, but will not affect our region. There may be a few snowflakes in northern Missouri this afternoon.


The Winter Storm Watch for our area has been downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory as amounts will not be quite high enough to warrant a Winter Storm Warning. The Winter Storm Warning covers much of Kansas along I-70. So, travel is not recommended out there tonight into Sunday. Blowing snow will be a hazard through Sunday and there is nothing to stop the wind out in Kansas. The north wind will keep blowing snow over I-70, making it hard to clear. I am sure parts of I-70 may get closed. There are no advisories at this time for far northern Missouri.


Let’s go through the storm.

NOW TO 4 PM: It will be dry with highs in the 20s. The wind will increase from the north and northeast to 10-25 mph.


SATURDAY 4-10 PM: It will be dry around here as snow rapidly increases in western Kansas. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s with wind chill values around 10.


SATURDAY 10 PM-MIDNIGHT: The first snowflakes will arrive by midnight as temperatures drop to the teens and the wind increases from the north to 15-25 mph. So, the roads are mostly dry until midnight. If you are out though, bundle up as wind chill values tonight will drop to near zero.


SUNDAY 2-8 AM: This is the main part of the storm as snow will be falling heavy at times. Notice, that the heaviest snow is from around I-70 south. Far northern Missouri will have much less snow, but it will still be slick and frigid. So, even though there is no advisory way up north, still use caution if you are up there tonight and Sunday. Even 1″ of snow can cause problems.


SUNDAY 8 AM-NOON: The snow will end quickly from west to east with blowing snow continuing. Winds will be from the north at 15-25 mph dropping wind chill values to as low as -10. The sun will peek out by afternoon.


MONDAY: The low will drop below zero in Kansas City for just the 9th time in March in 131 years of records. A northwest wind of 10-15 mph will bring wind chill values down to as low as -20. Monday afternoon will see sunshine, but highs will be just 10-15 with wind chill values still as low as -10.


Here is our snowfall forecast. Pick out your location, or the location nearest to you.

8 9 10 11

If the storm system is stronger, then we can possibly add 1″ to 2″ to the totals shown above. We will monitor this as the storm evolves.

Have a great weekend and stay safe and warm.

Jeff Penner

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