Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wind, snow, and more stormy weather on the horizon

We still expect some snow to fall over northwest Kansas throughout the afternoon. Very strong winds are likely statewide. What does it mean to be in a High Wind Warning? Gusts over 50 mph are possible in areas included in the warning. This will be the peak of the wind, and it will start going down Thursday. We do see the wind picking back up Friday in advance of storm #2 that will arrive this holiday weekend.

Storm #2:
Expected to move in Saturday afternoon/Easter Sunday. This storm will not be a major snow producer, but we do expect to see some beneficial rainfall developing into Saturday evening and night. The best chance for seeing snow will be west of a line from Beloit, to Great Bend, to Pratt. Any snow that does fall Saturday night should be light. Rainfall amounts of .50" look possible in south central and eastern Kansas, and much of the precipitation will be moving out of the area by Sunday afternoon.

Storm #3:
Developing early next week, this system will be slow to move and it's not clear when it will arrive in Kansas. However, it will bring stronger winds to the area by Tuesday. Some forecast models show that by Wednesday/Thursday, we could have chances for thunderstorms returning to central and eastern Kansas. This doesn't look like a major severe weather event, but indications are hail and wind producing storms may develop out of this big system approaching from the west. 

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