Weather Blog: 10th Wettest January on Record

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jan 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-25 09:47:53-05

Good Saturday morning,

It has been one wild month of weather as we have seen three straight weeks where a storm system brings significant amounts of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. This has lead us to being the 10th wettest January on record. January is our driest month on average, so it is pretty impressive to see all of this precipitation.

We had 4.5" of snow, officially, since Monday, and this brings our season total to 13.8". This is 3" above average for where we should be at the end of January and just 5" below our average for the entire season. Our winter forecast was for around 25", so we are on pace.

Look at what this wild January weather has done to the Missouri river. It is frozen over. This is not a sight you see too often around here.

The next 7 days we do not see any big storm systems, just a few smaller ones. Here is how much snow we are expecting the next 7 days across the USA. We are not expecting any significant snow around here. You can see even where snow is expected amounts are low.

Rainfall/melted snow the next 7 days is also mostly low. The Pacific Northwest along with east Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas have the best chance for heavier rain. Miami may see close to an inch of rain, but not on Super Bowl Sunday. We will look more at that forecast tomorrow. Now, there are two to three weak systems to watch this week. There is a slight chance they become bigger and this could change these outlooks.

The main issue this weekend; Will we see the sun?

SATURDAY: We may see some sun this afternoon, but the clouds will be stubborn. If we do clear out later today into the evening, it sets us up for freezing fog by Sunday morning. The clear sky will allow our temperatures to drop in to the low and mid 20s. This will condense out all of the moisture at the surface. This creates fog and since temperatures are below freezing, it becomes freezing fog. This coats a lot of objects and surfaces with ice. The light wind is another factor for freezing fog and that is a guarantee. So, the freezing fog depends on the clouds. Maybe staying cloudy is better.

SUNDAY: It will likely be another cloudy day with the chance of seeing some sun. Highs will be in the 30s. Look west of here on I-70 where the sun will be out. Highs will be in the 50s. It is going to be a challenge to get the 50s here.

Have a great weekend.