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Tracking Today’s Snowstorm

Good morning bloggers,

It is 2:40 AM and I just got 5 hours of sleep, and now Sunny The Weather Dog and I are ready to take in this snowstorm, and enjoy it to its fullest.  The first snowflakes will begin falling in Kansas City before 4 AM, and the disturbance is taking a nice track to bring KC the predicted snowfall amounts, likely close to 3″ near the city.  Let’s see what happens and I will check in later.  Watch the hole on radar fill in as the snow finally reaches the ground near Topeka, KS, and then you can see the leading edge approaching KC:

Here was the forecast snowfall amounts that I posted yesterday. Let’s see how this pans out:

Snow Forecasts

8 AM Update: 

Sunny BodeeSunny didn’t mind the cold at all as she met Bodee, 14 years old this morning.   This storm is just about over, as of 8 AM, with one rather heavy band of snow over Linn county, near the state line heading east into Cass & Bates counties on the Missouri side. 1 to 2 inches is possible in this final band.  The one thing that appears to have not materialized was the expected 4″+ band down south. Just looking at radar overnight, there was some decent snow down there, and depending on what this last band produces, they may get up to 4″ or  so.

I measured just over 2″, and this one is a harder one to measure as the wind has been blowing the snow and drifting the snow in spots up to almost a foot in a few locations. So, it may seem like an inch or so, and then you will see a drift 6″ to 1 foot deep.  I would say 2.2″ on the Plaza, with a little more on the way.  Let us know how much snow you received.

There is an enhanced slight risk of severe weather over the deep south as this system moves east.  Here is the outlook from the Storm Prediction Center:

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And, then what is next? The models are all over the place with an interesting set up for Thursday, and then the next stronger storm is due in next weekend. The track of both of these storm systems will decide whether we have another chance of snow in our near future, or potential thunderstorms next weekend, or both?  We will look deeper into these set ups soon. Here is the FV3 GFS for Thursday:

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This Thursday system is somewhat caught in a ridge, so it is rather suspect at the moment for the KC region.

Thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.  Let us know if you have any questions and join the conversation on the Weather2020 blog.

Gary

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