Weather Blog: Cold Blast, Chiefs and the Next Storm

Posted at 8:30 AM, Jan 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 09:30:59-05

Good Saturday bloggers,

We are saying good bye to our storm system and hello to a blast of cold. All of the ice from Friday melted overnight and now the water is refreezing quickly. There is treatment on some roads and most surfaces will dry out by noon. Some north facing surfaces may have ice for much of the day. Also, puddles will freeze as well and be around for awhile. The cold will be with us through Tuesday and then our next big and complex storm system arrives for Wednesday-Friday. Let's go through this day by day.

SATURDAY: Temperatures will drop to the mid 20s this morning and then they will stay 25°-30° the rest of the day. The wind will be northwest at 15-30 gust 35-45 mph making wind chill values down to 5° to 15°. The wind will come down quickly this evening, but so will the temperature. So, wind chill values will stay in the single digits.

CHIEFS SUNDAY: It is going to be quite cold as a reinforcing shot of cold air arrives. The high may briefly be around 20°, but temperatures will slip back to the teens during the game with wind chill values between -5° and 5°. Highs in southwest Kansas will be 45° to 50° as the cold air is aimed more towards us.

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY: It will be another cold day with lows in the single digits and highs barely in the teens. There is also a small system that could bring a period of light snow possibly dusting surfaces. Wind chill values will range from around -10° to 5°.

WEDNESDAY: After a dry Tuesday that starts with lows 0° to 10° and rises to the 20s, our next storm arrives. On Wednesday we could see freezing rain change to rain.

THURSDAY: The storm really gets its act together and this set of data suggests rain with highs in the 30s and 40s. This is not set as if it tracks farther south this could be snow.

FRIDAY: The storm will be moving through and it will be producing a snowstorm. This data has it across mostly Nebraska and Iowa, but we will have to watch this closely for a southward shift. We will be talking more about this in the coming days.

This weekend the focus is the cold and of course the Chiefs. I am cautiously optimistic. GO CHIEFS!