Monday, January 16, 2017

Latest winter storm winding down

Good Monday morning. The latest winter storm is winding up over Kansas and by the end of the day, will be out of our state. It produced a significant amount of rain, ice, and finally, some snow coming down in western Kansas. Was is it as bad as we thought? There are several reports of power outages and tree damage, especially around Dodge City and surrounding areas. And Wichita received the ice we had forecast, but just a few degrees made a big difference in keeping roads mostly wet and not icy. Some will say we dodged a bullet, but several areas weren't as lucky.

The storm itself is passing right over south central Kansas. It's tracking northeast

Radar estimates from the weekend storm
The moisture is a welcome sight for this time of the year. The radar estimates show over 2 inches across south central and southwest Kansas. It's very unusual to have that kind of moisture in January, but it will make a big difference once the growing season begins. Because of the freezing temperatures, some of you may not have had a gauge out to measure the rain.
From east Wichita

Ed O'Neal - Dodge City

Ed O'Neal - Dodge City

Brooks Barber - Hays

Eric Stites - from Linn county

Once this storm departs, we will see a pretty good warming trend kicking in. There's no Arctic air around us, so milder days await. And although the weather pattern will stay very active through the next week, I don't see any big winter storms coming our way for awhile.

We will be expecting a return for bitter cold air toward the end of the month though. And heading into February, it looks pretty cold too. That will be a focus in the coming days, but in the meantime, we will enjoy some milder days with a chance to de-ice for many areas.

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