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Tracking Three More Storm Systems

Good Wednesday bloggers,

Gary mentioned five storm systems the next 15 days. We will go over three of those that will occur in the next 7 days. First, this morning, we dropped to the single digits in many locations. Could this be the last day of the season that we drop that low? We could still see many more days with lows in the teens. The last record low in the single digits is on March 26th, so we still have to watch it as a very cold outbreak is possible in about 10 days. The average low is 30°!

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You can see the next three storm systems on satellite as they are lined up out in the Pacific Ocean like planes at O’hare. Let’s take them one at a time.

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TONIGHT-EARLY THURSDAY: A band of accumulating snow will track across Nebraska, Iowa and far northern Missouri. We should stay dry in the KC area. A warm front to the south will not make it through with this storm system.

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Here is a closer look at the snow later tonight. Maryville to Chillicothe to Kirksville may see a dusting to 2″. The band of snow could shift north-south by 20-40 miles. KC will stay dry with lows in the 20s.

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THURSDAY PM/NIGHT: It will be mostly cloudy with the snow exiting and then possibly returning to northern Missouri as a second disturbance trails the system from tonight. A light mix is possible around the I-70 corridor. Right now we do not expect any road issues as temperatures should be just warm enough and the precipitation will not last too long. That being said, we still need to keep an eye on it.Technically, it is a separate system, but it is also connected a bit to the first one. So, we will call all of this system #1.

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SNOWFALL FORECAST TONIGHT-THURSDAY: Nebraska and southern South Dakota will see 6-12″ of snow with 1″-5″ for the rest of Nebraska and Iowa.  Far northern Missouri will see a dusting to 2″. It is rather close to KC, but should stay north, just north of St. Joseph.

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FRIDAY: We are in between storm systems #1 and #2. It will be cloudy and cold with highs in the 30s.

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SATURDAY MORNING: The second system comes barreling through with a period of rain and thunderstorms. The rain-snow line is north of I-80. We could see .25″ to 1″ of rain as the rain moves across the region. Hopefully, we will see enough to wash off the salt and stuff from the roads. Now, this is not the only weather this storm will bring. There are two other features to look at. We will see a lot of wind and also, look at the temperatures. We should get to the low 50s Saturday morning as the warm sector races towards our region.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON: After the rain, the sun should come out as we get into the warm sector. Highs have a chance to jump to 60° and remain there for an hour or two as it is a small, fast-moving warm sector. It will be windy and may not last long, but beggars can’t be choosy.

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SUNDAY: The second system is racing away as we see more sun and less wind, but highs only around 40°. The third system is entering the southwest USA and will bring rain Tuesday and Wednesday. This rain may start as freezing rain/snow and/or end as snow.  We will keep an eye on this one.

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Have a great rest of your week.

Jeff Penner

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