Weather Blog: A Two Part Winter Storm

Posted at 9:14 AM, Dec 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-14 10:53:08-05

Good Saturday bloggers,

OK, here we go. It is looking more like a two part snowstorm Sunday and Monday. So, let's go through this.

TODAY-TONIGHT: It will be dry and cold with some sun this afternoon. Highs will be 30°-35° with lows in the low to mid 20s.

SUNDAY: There is a 100% chance of snow with part one of the storm. The accumulating snow will begin 8-10 AM with flurries as early as 6 AM. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s, so roads will get slick quick. It will be a snowy Chiefs Sunday with the snow coming down, heavy at times. By 6 PM we will likely see a widespread 2"-4" of snow. If you look at the maps below, you can see ice from Iola and Pleasanton south. This is worse than snow and it looks like it will stay south of KC. If it comes farther north, then we would see a reduction in our snow totals and worse road conditions. The wind will be northeast at 10-20 mph, so blowing and drifting will not be huge issues.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Part one of the storm will exit as we await part two. We could see light snow and flurries all Sunday night with a new dusting to 1" possible with lows in the low to mid 20s. The wind will be north at 5-15 mph.

SNOWFALL FORECAST THROUGH SUNDAY MIDNIGHT: There will be 2"-4" for most locations. A few locations may see 4"-5".

MONDAY: This is when we have to watch closely for part two of the storm. It looks like, based on the new data, we will see snow from part two. But, how strong will it be? And, where will it track? It has potential to bring a new 1"-4" if not more of snow. This data has our region right in it. All of the data has been trending in this direction. We will know more about this second system tonight into Sunday. The wind will be 10-20 mph from the north, so we do not expect much blowing and drifting during and after all of the snow. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s.

SNOWFALL FORECAST WHEN YOU ADD SUNDAY AND MONDAY: Oh boy! This takes the storm to the next level with widespread 4"-8". A few locations could see 8"-10"! Notice, how Maryville is at 2.7" of snow, mostly from Sunday. The reason is that the second system tracked south. So, again, we need to watch this closely as if it tracks farther south, we see less additional snow. Stay Tuned!

Have a great weekend.