Monday, January 4, 2016

Pattern changes & look out... Arctic air looming!

courtesy Terry White - Nickerson - looking at high, thin cirrus clouds from Sunday afternoon
Happy New Year and welcome to 2016. We were lucky to have a very quiet holiday weekend, but changes will be showing up very soon. Although it's unlikely we will have a major storm in the next 8-10 days, we do have several systems lined up and ready to move toward Kansas.

The first system that will impact the area arrives Tuesday night/early Wednesday. It will bring a bunch of clouds and some areas of drizzle, especially to central and eastern Kansas. 

The second system should push into the area Wednesday night/Thursday and it will likely be a little stronger. Chances for drizzle/light rain will increase for most of the state. We've had some BIG rain making storms this winter, but this one won't likely produce much more than about .25" (if we even get that)

Heads Up!! The Arctic Oscillation is dropping into the negative, which could indicate an Arctic outbreak coming soon. Forecast models are hinting at it for early next week. If it does happen, we could end up with a few days with highs in the teens/20s. We will be watching to see if this comes together for Kansas. 

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