Thursday, January 5, 2017

Some snow today... but how long has it been?

Snow has been falling in Kansas now for more than 12 hours, and it will be off and on through most of the day. Light accumulations have been reported, but this isn't much of a snow storm. Here are some of the reports through 7 a.m. this morning:
Topeka - 2"
White City (Morris Co.) - 2"
3 N of Salina - 2"
Minneapolis - 1.8"
Lyndon (Osage Co.) - 1.5"
Miltonvale - 1.3"
2 SE of Salina - 1.2"
Smith Center - 1"
1 W of Concordia - .7"
Oakley - .7"

The lack of heavier snowfall events had me going through the weather database trying to find some of our last big snows. Take a look at this map. It shows how many days in a row we've been without a winter storm warning from the different National Weather Service offices. Winter storm warnings are usually issued when we forecast roughly 6 inches of snow or more. It's been over a year for some of the local offices. 

Wichita: So far this season, we've only had 2 inches of snow. At this time last year, we had only received .4", but go back two winter seasons and almost 10 inches of snow had already come down in south central Kansas. The winter of 2014-15 would go on to have 18" of snow. That's the last time we had above normal snow.

Dodge City: Some of the last big snows around Dodge City were over a year ago now too. December 13th is the last time there was a 5 inch snow event (or more) for the area.

Goodland: There was a pretty good snow event around Goodland early in 2016. The area saw some 9-10 inch amounts with a Groundhog Day storm. 

BIG change next week:

The weather pattern will change again this weekend and for the start of next week. We've heard from many people who don't like the cold one bit, so hang in there, milder days are coming. And this should be a rather lengthy stretch of milder temperatures. There don't appear to be any big storm systems coming in at this time, but for those that want snow, we still have plenty of winter to go. And bitter cold temperatures will be back, but at this time, it looks like it will be late January or early February before it does.

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