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What a weather day!
And, it isn't over yet......
Good evening bloggers. Thank you for all of the kind comments. We deserve to take some heat today as we really didn't predict this snow event until around 2 PM. But, we were anticipating snow tonight and it is on the way.
Let's take a look......What an amazing day: 3 below zero to start the day, Snow moves in unexpectedly this afternoon right during rush hour and produces 1 inch, SNOW and blowing snow may be on the way overnight, and also a warm up ahead of the snow. Then the bigger warm up next week.
Click to enlarge (Midnight tonight, a nice Alberta Clipper, a bit further west)
Click to enlarge (Omaha Nexrad at 8 PM)
You can see the Alberta clipper moving into northern Missouri at midnight near Trenton. And, in the blue is wind forecasted to go above 30 mph. Right now 52 mph are reported in Nebraska with heavy snow. Out ahead of the surface low is a nice warm up which is happening right now. Everyone should be above freezing by around 10 to 11 PM then drop back to near 20 by morning.
Wow, that is enough, but look at NEXRAD from Omaha. Snow is rapidly moving our way and another 1 inch is very possibly between midnight and 6 AM, plus if you add in the wind we should have blowing snow in the morning. What a finale!!!!!
Have a great night! Be careful. Enjoy the storm. We will look ahead next week.
Posted by at February 16, 2007 8:15 PM
Thought I would send in a temperature update. Here in Lawrence we crossed over to 33 around 8:30 PM.
Here it comes.
Posted by: Bob from Lawrence at February 16, 2007 8:35 PM
Gary great job this winter you said this could happen however I was suprised at how intense it was I was stuck in overland park it was like a mini blizzard I could not get ya on the radio and figured this has to be moving at a good clip and we stopped to have diner and it was over so great job Jerry in the norhland
Posted by: jerry at February 16, 2007 8:37 PM
Sorry man, but I am into this now-latest surface observations are something!!! Winds have switched to the North in North Central Kansas at 20 MPH and man, the winds in Central Nebraska-wow!!!! Looks like the surface low is really beginning to wrap up in central Iowa-what a fascinating weather night!!!!!
I am registring about 32.5 currently but am awaiting the wind shift-I kind of thought the next band would be more focused east based on the radar image-oh well, I got a real treat this afternoon-man the day it snows like that for 6-10 hours....they may just have to lock me in a room I'll be so fired up!!!! What a great example of plains weather today has been!!!! Ok, I'll stop now, but I'm kind of like the announcer in the Movie Cars: man this is exciting!!!!
Bill in Lawrence
It truly is an extremely exciting weather night. And, since it already snowed, the pressure is off.
Posted by: Bill Gollier at February 16, 2007 8:50 PM
Gary by looking at the radar will it miss Topeka and most of northeast Kansas and just hit Northwest missouri including the KC area? I am ready for the warm-up. This winter has been a real ride. Thanks for your LRC. Michael/Topeka
Looking at Grand Island radar there is a chance it will clip you on the western edge.
Posted by: mike huffman at February 16, 2007 9:37 PM
We've gotten just over 2" now in Emma (as well as I can tell with the blowing). The drifting's already quite impressive. The extra snow and wind later on ought to really make a mess out of the country roads. Well, back to Law and Order ... see you at 10ish.
Thanks Pastor Walter,
Let's see what happens with the wind tonight.
Posted by: Pastor Walter Snyder at February 16, 2007 9:44 PM
We recieved 2 inches of Snow today in Shawnee, Kansas. We have 5.5 on the ground total.
Posted by: Todd Bryan at February 16, 2007 9:57 PM
Dog here - I am ready for Spring - sorry snow-lovers! But...it was an interesting storm, wasn't it? Still, if we have any more truly Arctic air, I think this dog will barf his guts out! Okay, okay, 30s with snow is fine, but let it melt at least 2-3 days after the event. PLEASE! BTW, Dog's known you a long time, since Oklahoma, and you are a darn good meteorologist - people who call in to berate you are ones with lack of self-control, low self-esteem, brain-dead, moribund, or a combo of all four.
Take care and woof!!!
You will be getting your warm wishes very soon.
Posted by: StormDog at February 16, 2007 10:15 PM
after the negative calls you talked about earlier regarding your forecasting abilities, I just had to share this with you. Earlier on your 6 o'clock newscast I believe, you mentioned that the temps would actually rise above freezing for awhile. After this whirlwind, fascinating day of winter weather, I thought that there was no way that was possible. Temps actually going UP in the evening?? Well, I just went to let the dogs out for their last run of the night, and low and behold the huge icicles I have hanging off the roof were DRIPPING!?! I instantly thought to myself, "Gary sure called that one!" Anyhow, hopefully that wasn't a dumb story to share. :S Basically I just wanted to let you know that I appreicate your forecasts, I rely on your forecasts, and I truly enjoy how you share them, your knowledge, and you enjoyment of weather. As much as I love looking at all the snow, my favorite type of weather is the good ole spring thunderstorms. Since I hadn't found this blog until after our short season last year, I'm really looking forward to this season and knowing that I can turn here and really be prepared.
Thanks, and this is a great blog entry and story! Your thunderstorms will be arriving soon.
Posted by: Stacey at February 16, 2007 10:19 PM
I know that you have the best weather team here in the Kansas City area, and you have been correct all winter long; I know you will all keep up the good work and I do listen to you everyday and every evening take care.
Posted by: Linda at February 16, 2007 11:46 PM
I love snow, but I am also ready for warmer weather. It is almost time for my annual spring ritual- My mom and I will dig out the movie Twister and nitpick it to death. I know its only a movie, but I have actually heard a couple people reference it as if it were the last word on the subject!
I'm with you...bring on the warmer temps! Those should arrive beginning on Sunday.
Posted by: CJ at February 17, 2007 1:24 AM