Snow wraps up this morning, bitterly cold to start the week


*A winter weather advisory will is in effect until noon for Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Shawnee, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, and Douglas counties.*

*A winter storm warning will is in effect until noon  for Cloud, Clay, Geary, Lyon, Osage, Coffey, Anderson, Franklin, and Morris counties.*

*A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 11 pm on Sunday until 10 am on Monday for  Geary, Morris, Jefferson, and Wabaunsee counties.*

*A wind chill advisory is in effect until 3 pm today, and once again from 11 pm tonight until 10 am on Monday, for Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, and Jackson counties.*

*A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 am on Monday for Republic, Cloud, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, and Brown counties.*

The snow will continue to taper off from west to east as the morning continues to progress. By the time its all said and done, anything from 1 to 5 inches is expected across northeast Kansas, with the highest totals expected for some western and southern areas. However, some locally higher amounts will be possible in spots.

This snow will be a dry, powdery, and light snow. It won’t be great for packing snowballs or building snowmen, but it will make things easy for the wind to carry it. As the snow continues to fall in the eastern half of the region through 9-10 am, north winds still sustained at 15 to 25 mph will reduce visiblity and create areas of blowing snow. As the road crews plow and try to clear the roads, some snow could easily be blown right back over those freshly cleaned areas, so keep that in mind as you get ready to head out the door.

Even as the snow wraps up, the wind and bitterly cold feel to the air sticks around all day. After the snow wraps up by no later than noon, the cloud cover will decrease and allow more sunshine to return. That sunshine will do nothing in terms of warming things up. 

Highs in the single digits and teens, coupled along with afternoon winds still at 10 to 15 mph, will keep wind chills below zero throughout the entire day.

Little to no cloud cover is expected for Sunday night, allowing temperatures to plummet even more. Low temperatures by early Monday morning will hover around zero, if not a few degrees below zero. The colder the air temperature, the less wind that is needed to add that bitterly cold bite to the air. A lighter north wind at 5 to 10 mph will be enough to drop wind chills to -10° to -25° by daybreak on Monday.

Monday will see plenty of sunshine, helping temperatures get back into the upper teens for most, with ‘warmer’ wind chills in the single digits by the afternoon.

Beyond Monday though, temperatures will start to slightly improve. Morning temperatures on Tuesday will be in the single digits with wind chills as cold as 0° to -15°, before high temperatures get into the 20s that afternoon.

High temperatures for this time of year are typically maxing out around 50°, and things won’t be quite that warm, but still better than the start of the week. For the second half of the week, highs will be back into the 30s and even the 40s. But there will be a chance for a rain/snow mix both Thursday and Saturday.

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