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The Last Chance of Snow?

Good Saturday bloggers,

Before we talk about the next chance of winter weather, let’s talk about severe weather.

Gary, Gerard and myself will be out at Nebraska Furniture Mart between 11 AM and 2 PM for Severe Weather Awareness Day. You can meet Sunny “the weather dog” and Gary will be signing and giving away a couple of his book, “It’s a Sunny Life.” We will also be giving away 4 pairs of Royals tickets. We hope to see you out there!

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OK, now back to winter in April. We expected to break a record low this morning and we did. The old record was 18° set in 2007. We dropped to 16°, 25 degrees below average.

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Let’s go through the weekend weather which includes snow. Is this our last chance for the year? I would say most likely, but between April 15 and 25 there is a slight chance, especially if the AO goes more to the negative.

TODAY: The sun will be out in full force warming us up to 20 degrees below average. There will be much less wind as well.

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SUNDAY 3 AM: It will still be mostly clear around here with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. A mix will be forming in northwest Kansas, somewhat like an MCS.

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SUNDAY 7 AM: We will most likely be dry and cold with temperatures around freezing. The mix to the west will be increasing and moving into Salina.

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SUNDAY NOON: Oh my! The mix has become mostly snow and it appears it will be a nice band as it moves across eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Temperatures will be around 32°, so roads will be mostly wet with some slick spots. The roads will be more covered in heavy snow areas. In locations outside the precipitation, temperatures will be near 40° and the band may start as rain and sleet.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING: The main band of snow will end by 3 PM with lingering mix showers until 6-7 PM. Temperatures look to rebound back to the mid and upper 30s, so roads will be mostly wet. Sunday night into Monday morning the lows will drop to 30-35, so there is a slight chance of black ice from leftover moisture. The low Monday will depend on cloud cover. The colder it is, the more slick it will become.

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SUNDAY WEATHER SUMMARY: The snow begins from west to east 8-10 AM and will end 1-3 PM. There is the chance for lingering snow, sleet, graupel and rain showers until 7 PM. Roads will be mostly wet to slushy, which means there will be slick spots. Roads will be more covered and slick if the snow arrives before 8 AM as the sun angle will not be able to help. Also, no matter when the snow arrives, roads could become more slick in locations where the snow comes down heavy.

We are expecting a dusting to 2″ of snow on mainly grassy surfaces and we will watch the roads closely.

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Have a great weekend and hope to see you out at Nebraska Furniture Mart 11 AM to 2 PM.

Jeff Penner

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