Good morning bloggers,
Heavy Rain and thunderstorms have spread into the area this morning! We have live updates on 41 Action News all morning long!
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Kansas City metro area northward tonight! A strong cold front is moving through our viewing area this morning with record breaking high temperatures ahead of this front! The record high temperature was shattered by nine degrees Monday, and then we set another record high for today just after midnight. It was 68° early this morning which breaks the old record by five degrees set in 1919 when it was 63°. Yesterday’s high was the second warmest January temperature ever recorded in Kansas City:
Warmest January temperatures in Kansas City’s recorded history:
- 75° on January 24th, 1950
- 74° yesterday
- 73° on January 23rd, 1967
This is really a fascinating week of weather that we are currently experiencing in Kansas City. Right now, as I am writing this, a line of thunderstorms has formed along a strong cold front that is in the city. Record high temperatures have already been reached, and we are in a Winter Weather Advisory tonight. WOW!
Here is today’s Forecast Time-Line:
- 7 to 9 AM: A strong cold front moves through ending the record breaking high temperatures. It will quickly drop 20 degrees
- 8 AM-Noon: Rain spreads in from the south, with the heaviest rain south and east of Kansas City
- Noon-midnight: Temperatures drop with snow developing north and west of Kansas City
- Midnight-7 AM: Snow spreads in from the west with the heaviest snow north of Kansas City. Our snowfall forecast map is posted below
This storm and this part of the overall weather pattern is directly related to what happened 51 days, and 105 days ago when severe thunderstorms erupted over Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other southern states, and it is likely going ot happen again today. Click on Weather 2020 and watch the video and go to some links I posted in the Weather 2020 blog. It is just fascinating.
The latest data continues to indicate a good chance of snow tonight. Here is the map we showed on 41 Action News, and it will likely come close to verifying. There could be heavy snow in spots and the brighter purple and pinks show this heavier snow:
The above forecast map is from our in house computer model showing a band of snow arriving by early Wednesday morning. And, below is one snowfall forecast map, that I showed at 10 PM last night. It still looks about right, but it will likely be adjusted a bit today:
Here is the forecast for later tonight. What a weather pattern! And, we are getting beneficial rainfall in some spots this morning:
The cold front is slicing through our viewing area at 8 AM with a large area of rain and thunderstorms near and north of the front. We need this rain so badly. The Tornado Watch was issued a bit too far to the north, so we really have no risk of severe weather near Kansas City. Southern Missouri into Arkansas has the risk today. Here is the 8 AM surface map:
Have a great day! We are in the storm now. We will update the blog later this afternoon. Let us know what you are experiencing.