Good morning bloggers,
I received a call on Wednesday from a viewer that I have never heard from before, “Gary, is that it? Is it never going to snow again?” I spent a few minutes explaining that it has only been two years since a 36 inch winter, and three years since a 44 inch winter. So, we are just averaging out those two very snow winters. It has been 304 days since our last, and only inch of snow from last winter. 2.4″ fell on February 13th finally ending the snowflake contest.
A fast moving storm will be moving across our area tomorrow night. One or two bands of rain will be likely Friday night, but amounts will again be rather low. There is a chance of a thunderstorm or two that would be embedded in the are of rain. The center of the upper level storm will be passing northwest of Kansas City and this will force a dry slot to spread in overhead by 3 AM Friday night and that will shut off the precipitation. There is a chance of an enhanced band of rain increasing as it passes by early Saturday morning (2-3 AM) as you can see below:
This next map, on the left (click on it for a larger view), shows the 500 mb flow forecast valid at 6 AM Friday morning. The storm that is going to bring us a nearly 100% chance of rain will be spinning across southeast California near Needles moving into western Arizona. It will eject out across the plains by early Saturday morning. The main jet stream is separated from this system. You can see the main flow aloft tracking across Canada and waving north of the Great Lakes states. This will be holding the cold air up to the north for now.
It will stay dry until after sunset tomorrow. The first bands of showers will be approaching around 6 or 7 PM Friday.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. We will go over the details of this storm system on 41 Action News today and tonight.