Tracking Two Storm Systems

Good Saturday bloggers,

We have a storm system moving across the region today and we will have a second storm system to track Monday and Tuesday. The storm system today has brought our area a few showers, drizzle, low clouds and much colder air. This system has brought northeast and east Iowa 10″-20″ of snow! My goodness this pattern is still capable of bringing snow as we head to April, but we know one thing NOT IN KC!

Now, let’s go through these two storm systems.

This is certainly an odd storm system as it stretches from the northern Plains to Tennessee Valley. Severe thunderstorms that were crossing southern Nebraska and extreme northern Kansas Friday night moved northeast into Iowa and became snow!  Wow! We are on the southern edge getting the low clouds and surge of cold air.


A surface low was located southeast of KC at 8 AM Saturday. A backdoor (coming from the northeast) cold front merged with the low and the cold air in Iowa was heading west and southwest. It is this air that will arrive Saturday afternoon and stay all night.


Our next storm system is now southwest of Portland, Oregon. However, as it moves into the Rockies it will break into pieces, so this is just part of the system. The rain with this system in our area will be in scattered as the system will be disorganized.


SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING: It will be cloudy, breezy and cold with temperatures dropping to the 30s. Wind chill values will be in the 20s as snow falls in northeast Missouri. A dusting to 2″ is possible in those locations.


TONIGHT: It will be cloudy, dry, breezy and cold with lows 30°-35°. Wind chill values will be in the teens and 20s.


SUNDAY: It will be another cloudy and cool day with highs in the 40s. A few showers will be possible later in the afternoon and evening.


MONDAY: The cold front coming through today will become a warm front and head north in response to the next storm system moving through the Rockies. It looks like the system will be a bit disorganized, so the rain and thunderstorms will be in scattered areas. The rain will come down pretty hard in those rain areas. Highs should reach the 50s, but, we can see a scenario where the colder air hangs tough. If we stay in the colder air and the system is a bit more organized, then rainfall may be heavier and more widespread.


MONDAY NIGHT-TUESDAY: We have the warm front to the north, but the true juicy air will likely be across Oklahoma and Texas, so our severe weather threat is low. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible into Tuesday ahead of the cold front. Total rainfall in our area with this system looks to be .10″ to 1″. So, if you still need to fertilize the yard, Sunday may be the day to do it. However, .10″ of rain is not really enough to wash in the fertilizer. Hopefully, this system will trend better for rain the next 24 hours.


Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner


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