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Weather Blog - Hurricane Zeta Will Blast Into New Orleans Tonight & Rain Heads Towards KC

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Posted at 8:22 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 09:27:45-04

Good morning bloggers,

What a few days of weather we just had. We just experienced another rare October snowfall, freezing rain, and our first freeze that lasted for over 24 hours. The temperatures have been unseasonably cold, 30 degrees below average. Well, there is good news - a big warm-up begins Friday. Between now and Friday we have another storm approaching and it has KC on the edge.

Today's Storm System:
A strong storm system is moving out of New Mexico into the plains states today. It will produce snow in the Texas Panhandle and rain approaching Kansas City. As you can see below, there is a circulating storm system approaching us. The rain is forecast to move in around 7 or 8 PM this evening, and at the exact same time Hurricane Zeta will be making landfall on the Louisiana coast:

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The rain may make it up to I-70 and perhaps 50 miles north of I-70, or it may stop moving north just south of us. It is something we will be monitoring and tracking on our newscasts today. While this rain is moving north, look at what is moving towards New Orleans:

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Hurricane Zeta is a Category 1 Hurricane and it will impact the central Gulf coast states today. Here is the satellite picture showing both storms beginning to combine:

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The recent snowfall may have gotten you into the holiday spirit, so let's celebrate with our snowflake contest. It begins today. The goal is to predict the next one inch of snow. Will it be in November, December, or wait until Valentine's Day as it did a few years ago. The average date for our first inch of snow is December 14th. I haven't done an analysis of the average date for our second inch of snow, and I will try do do that. So, make your prediction by entering here: https://www.kshb.com/about-us/contests/enter-the-2020-snowflake-contest

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It will be cloudy again today with a chance of rain later this afternoon. A big warm up into the 60s is likely on Saturday. I am looking forward to that.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great Wednesday.

Gary