Wind And Blizzards!
Well for those wanting snow in the KC area, today is a rough day, all this weather action around us and all we’re getting this afternoon is a LOT of wind. So far the winds are gusting to near 40 MPH as expected and after temperatures reached the 50-55° level through the metro, some cooler air is sliding into the region. Areas south and southeast of KC should make a run towards 60° before the cooler air moves in later today.
All the wind is being created by yet another blizzard that is hitting the northern Plains states as well as the upper Midwest. The storm is located across NW IA now and moving to the NNE. Click on that image to make it larger.
The heaviest snow with it is across SD and parts of MN.
Things are pretty rough across the Dakotas where a little snow and a lot of wind with all that flat land goes a long way to creating bad driving conditions. I-29 and I-94 in SE ND is in pretty bad shape and travel is being discouraged. I-90 is closed in parts of SD as well. So a rough day for sure from this blizzard across the upper Midwest.
For us in KC though all we’re dealing with is the winds and those winds will continue to be a factor through tomorrow AM as the storm starts to pull farther away from the region. The winds, while not as strong tomorrow will still be in the 15-30 MPH range during the first part of the day.
Typically a storm like this pulls down a pretty nasty shot of cold air, but that really is not the cast as highs tomorrow should still be a few degrees above average. The storm hasn’t tapped into any real Canadian air, so with a strong WNW component to the wind, that will be a downsloping wind from the western plains allowing temperatures to respond into the 40s.
This is an interesting trof through that moving through the western half of the US. There is another piece that will bear watching as it moves to the south of the KC area Tuesday into Wednesday and sure enough it too may create a snow headache, except this time this looks to be closer to the I-44 corridor and the I-40 corridor as well.
There are, per the models, about 12-18″ of snow forecast for the OK/TX panhandle areas from this system by Wednesday AM. Should that come close to working out, that will be a tremendous help for their ongoing drought. It would fall smack into the heart of the “exceptional” drought category (the worst) as you can see from the image below.
Don’t really know what more I can say about our weather…a pretty good cold shot moves in later in the week into the weekend, but should move out/moderate by next Sunday or so. I still wonder about a potential weather maker around the 19th-21st. I’ve been “wondering” about that for about a week now. Till then though, I don’t think we’ll see much precipitation and so the KC weather beat goes on. Exciting in some ways but really not in many others.
Here are some tweets that caught my attention today. The first one is a fun must see timelapse of the Blizzard in Hartford, CT.
Have a great rest of your Sunday!