|courtesy Andrew - Atwood, KS|
Our first snow of the season showed up basically right on schedule. Northwest Kansas generally gets the first batch and it usually comes in November. Yes, we've had snow in October before, but on average, November is when we start expecting wintry precipitation.
It wasn't very much, and just by glancing at the snow depth map, you'll quickly be able to see where most of the snow was dumped... the Rockies. For skiers, this is a wonderful start to the season and it's only going to get better as we move ahead.
So let's take a look into what's happening next. The weather will certainly quiet down for today/Friday. Lighter winds and typical fall temperatures will be around into the weekend. The pattern flattens out for a bit, but we aren't out of the stormy weather by any means. In the map below, see the small "L" in southern California? That system will be headed northeast by the end of the weekend. There's a good chance that system will bring some light rain showers to the area Sunday night/Monday. At the same time, a much bigger system will be forming over the Sierras and Cascades in the western US.
We may have our hands full again early next week. Some of the computer data suggest more wind, rain, and even snow returning to Kansas by Monday night/Tuesday. It's too early to know about accumulations. The storm hasn't even formed yet, but be prepared for more active weather in just 4-5 days.