Winter Storm Warning is posted late today through early Wednesday for Brown, Cloud, Marshall, Nemaha, Republic and Washington counties.
Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the remaining counties of northeast Kansas from 3pm Tuesday to 9am Wednesday…
We began President’s Day with very cold air. Many spots were between 8-14 degrees, and the northwest made it seem even worse with wind chills of 0 to -8. It was mainly clear with bright moonlight toward sunrise, but clouds steadily moved our way for occasional daytime flurries.
Temps will still be well below normal Tuesday with high temps close to what our normal low temps should be right now. Snow should develop in the south/southwest counties this afternoon. By 3-5pm, we should have widespread snow showers or light snow. After 6pm it probably snows steadily for about 6 hours before gradually ending around 3-5am.
Greater Topeka Tuesday…
Wind: E 10-20
Moisture will increase Tuesday ahead of a large upper low. This scenario should give us a decent shot of developing snow Tuesday afternoon with most snow Tuesday night. There may be a period of freezing rain as well with warmer, moist air riding over before it all ends. Totals of 3-5 inches should be expected with more toward the Nebraska border.
The evening commute may see a few issues, but much of this precipitation will stop in the overnight so road crews can hopefully plow before school and businesses open Wednesday. We may get more delays than cancellations with the timing of this system.
Wednesday into Thursday will be slightly warmer, but we still maybe barely above freezing. This is a prolonged period of very cold air that lingers with reinforcements. The next round of precipitation may arrive Friday into Saturday. That event should start as rain showers and it may stay primarily rain for the first part of our weekend. Warmer temps can mean periods near 32 degrees so we’ll watch for a freezing rain chance.
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Snow later today with travel problems tonight into daybreak tomorrow…
KSNT Meteorologist David George