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The Week Ahead and the Royals Home Opener

Good Sunday bloggers,

The main rain with this system went all around us with amounts of .25″ to 2″+ from western Kansas to Oklahoma, southern Missouri and Nebraska. The heaviest of the rain stayed away from the Missouri river basin as it fell in the western Plains. Now, the storm is tracking across southeast Nebraska and southern Iowa today and will bring .25″ to 1″ amounts. This is not enough to enhance the flooding, but at the same time is unwanted.  Our area received just a trace to .25″.

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Let’s go day by day to Opening day. Time is flying as it is hard to believe baseball is back this week.

SUNDAY 3 PM: A surface low will be located in northwest Missouri. This puts much of our region in the warmer air along with peeks of sun. Highs will rise to 60°-65°.

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SUNDAY 6 PM: The surface low will track southeast into central Missouri putting our area in low clouds with temperatures dropping to the 50s and 40s. A few showers will be possible in northern Missouri, but thunderstorms are possible along the I-44 corridor. There is a marginal to slight risk of severe weather in that area, mostly for hail.

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MONDAY: It will be a cloudy day with highs around 50°.  A few peeks of sun are possible later in the day and mist is possible during the morning. Also. a weak system tracking southeast from Nebraska Monday night, may bring a few rain showers.

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TUESDAY: Clouds will clear during the morning with lows in the 30s and 40s. If the sky clears sooner, then we could see a light freeze, but that will most likely occur across eastern Missouri, Illinois and eastern Iowa. The afternoon will be mostly sunny and quite nice with highs around 60°

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WEDNESDAY: The next storm system will be approaching. It will become quite windy from the south with gusts to 40 mph along with highs around 70°. There will be increasing high clouds, but it should be a dry day.

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THURSDAY (OPENING DAY) MORNING: It will be windy and mild as a disturbance races in from the southwest. This will generate scattered showers and a few thunderstorms.

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON (FIRST PITCH: 3:15 PM): It will remain windy from the south with gusts to 40 mph, so it will be blowing out of the “K”. Pitchers beware! It looks like the showers will be moving off to the east and northeast as temperatures rise through the 60s. A strong cold front will be approaching from the northwest. So, right now it looks like the least chance of rain is during the game as it is sandwiched in between the morning disturbance and cold front that arrives Thursday night.

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THURSDAY NIGHT-FRIDAY MORNING: The cold front will be moving slowly through with rain and thunderstorms likely. Yes, that is snow in Nebraska. We will likely not get snow out of this system, but there is going to be one more chance before April 15th.

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This storm is that start of what will be a crazy April, highlighted by Gary the other day. Another storm will be possible next weekend or shortly thereafter.

Have a great week.

Jeff Penner

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