Temperatures have warmed today with a good deal of sunshine and clouds. Overnight, we will keep some of this warmth. Colder air will be locked north of I-70 through late Friday morning, which means as drizzle develops, there could be some slick spots the farther north you live or travel.
Drizzle will plague Kansas through Friday with a rain shower or two. This is moisture moving our way ahead of a major winter storm. That storm system has already caused problems due to snow in Las Vegas and heavy rain and snow in Arizona.
A WINTER STORM WATCH is posted for all day Saturday.
The track of this storm will take it to the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle by Friday night. From there, it will track across southwest Kansas into northern Missouri, The slightest shift to the northwest or southeast of this parent low pressure system will be critical to who will see the heaviest snow. I see the possibility for thundersnow, which will ramp up snowfall accumulations. And if you’re not on the colder side of this system, then you will experience heavy rain and thunder.
This is a preliminary look at snowfall totals. Lots of factors still need to be ironed out with the biggie being the storm’s track. It is highly likely that somebody in Kansas will see 6″+ of snow.
If you take high snowfall rates per hour with reduced visibility and 50-60 MPH winds, you will have a blizzard. Please know that traveling Saturday may not be your best bet and power outages could pop-up due to the fierce winds.
Sunday, we’ll clear out. Most of next week looks dry with temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 50s. By week’s end, a quick moving system may provide us with some more snow. But, this system is a ways down the road. We will continue to monitor changing conditions as this weekend’s winter storm draws near. Be sure to stay connected with us on-air and online for the latest.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman