Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rain, snow, Arctic air... here we go!

satellite shows several storms lined up for the west

Hope everyone is having a good week so far. The weather has turned active on us once again and we will have more storm systems coming in from the west. Although the storms and the flooding is expected to be pretty significant for those on the west coast, they will not be all that intense for Kansas.


First things first. We have a chance for some rain showers on Thursday. This is not going to be a major rain producer for the Plains. Amounts will likely be under 0.25" even though our computer model is painting slightly higher totals. We won't have to worry about flooding as this system just isn't that strong and won't be around for very long.

Another system is coming in Friday-Saturday and with colder air sliding south, we should prepare for some light snow. It will begin in western Kansas Thursday night/early Friday, and then spread south and east Friday night/early Saturday. Snowfall amounts are likely to end up between 1-3 inches the way things are looking right now. This isn't a forecast that's going to change a whole bunch in the next few days. 

Get ready for a cold, Arctic blast this weekend. The coldest air of the season will be sliding south and impacting much of the Plains Saturday/Sunday. Highs in the teens and 20 are likely for Sunday. It only last for a few days, and then early next week, it begins to warm back up.

We don't often think of Texas as being snowier than Kansas, but it sure has this winter. Because of the very active southern storm track, both Amarillo and Lubbock have had more snow than most of central and eastern Kansas. There's still plenty of winter to go, but so many of our storms continue to be wet and not white.

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