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Weather Blog - A Wild Weather Ride That May End With Snow Next Week

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:08:01-04

Good afternoon bloggers,

Here is an update to Gary's blog from Friday morning.

It felt like summer Thursday and now we are talking about winter weather. Welcome to KC.

Our first widespread freeze is likely tonight as the sky should clear.

We are also monitoring closely a storm system for Sunday and Monday at the same time a record cold air mass surges south. This is the set up for winter weather and we have a chance to see accumulating snow for the third straight October, which has never happened before.

The details on this winter in October weather are in the video below.

Have a great weekend and stay healthy.

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Good morning bloggers,

FREEZE WARNING TONIGHT: Heavy frost is possible and temperatures will drop to 32° or lower by early Saturday morning!

Yesterday was the 24 year anniversary of the biggest October snowstorm in KC history. 6.5" of snow fell at KCI Airport that day, and as discussed in yesterday's blog power outages were massive as the trees came crashing down. That was a very heavy and wet snow. And, then yesterday it was 86°. Wow! Could we have measurable snow for the third October in a row, for the first time in KC history?

We have a rather fascinating weather set up developing that will impact the Chiefs game in Denver with cold and possible snow, and that will have an impact on our weather early next week. Predicting snow is quite difficult and we will be discussing this many times this winter. This set up is one of the tougher ones to pin down, especially since it is so early in the season. It isn't supposed to be easy to snow in KC at any time of the year, and especially in October. It rarely does. Take a look at the latest models as of 8 AM this morning:

Canadian Model: Shows 7" of snow in KC

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American Model (GFS model): Shows wide spread 3" to 8"

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Icon Model:

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European Model: Dusting to 1"

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As you can see above, these are four of the models showing snowfall amounts ranging from a dusting to 7 or 8 inches. I lean towards the lower amounts, but these models have our attention. When it comes to snow in KC, we really need to wait until we get within one to two days before making really specific number forecasts. So, we will be updating you every few hours and by Sunday we should narrow down to a more specific forecast. Jeff Penner will be updating this blog early this afternoon.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great Friday Night In The Big Town.

Gary