Saturday was a crazy and dangerous weather day for some. Blizzard conditions occurred to the west/northwest with some decent snow totals and wind of 30-50mph. Manhattan had brief heavy snow. Topeka had thunderstorms nearby then horizontal snow and stronger wind hit between 5-7pm. This was the last hit of moisture so most snow latest only long enough to coat bare ground. Temperatures around the central and eastern areas stay just above freezing all day so we avoided heavy snow or a significant ice storm.
Bitter wind chills hit most of us hard Saturday night. Clouds decreased overnight so Sunday started sunny and cold with a breeze that was still in the 15-30mph range. High pressure from Canada started to build across the region. This will give us a welcomed period of quiet weather as the work week begins and February gradually comes to an end.
Some high clouds from the Rockies may be near Monday morning, and a warm front tries to lift northward. This boundary will only get so far, meaning most locations south could be around 50 while communities with recent snow or near Nebraska border may be around 20. It will be a day with huge temperatures fluctuations over a relatively short distance. It likely stays mostly sunny to partly sunny over northeast Kansas all day.
Greater Topeka Monday…
Highs: 38-42 (warmer south and much colder north)
Wind: E/NE 10-20
The midweek forecast has gradual changes as weak disturbances come across. Moisture will increase late Tuesday for clouds and sprinkles. Air becomes saturated overnight Tuesday into Wednesday which likely means drizzle to freezing drizzle for possible glaze early Wednesday morning. Watch for potential delays at that time because a thin layer of ice may create travel issues.
Expect partly cloudy and chilly conditions Thursday ahead of another low pressure system. This one may impact our area Friday and Friday night with some light snow. We will focus on possible amounts as March 1st gets just a little closer.
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It’s a cold start to a new work week…
KSNT Meteorologist David George