Weather Blog: One Snow Down, One to Go

Posted at 9:02 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 10:02:42-05

Good Monday morning,

The first round of snow is over and it was quite an event with 5"-6" over most of KC. 3"-4" were found in some locations northwest of I-35 and 6"-8" were found in some locations east of I-35. The National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, MO measured 8" of snow.

We are now tracking the second chance of snow. This is a storm system located in southwest Kansas as of early Monday morning. It will move east and become quite a storm in the eastern USA. As the storm moves east it will clip KC this afternoon. The northern cut off of accumulating snow will be around I-70. Also, the storm is not that strong as it moves by, so amounts will be much lighter than Sunday. The storm was already generating heavy ice and snow along the I-44 corridor.

Here is our snowfall forecast for today and tonight: If the storm shifts south by 30 miles, then KC will not see more than flurries. If it shifts north by 30 miles, then KC will see 1/2" of snow north of I-70 to 1"-2" south of I-70. It has no potential to shift far enough north to affect northern Missouri. If it has not snowed in your location by 5-6 PM, then it went south of you.

This storm will produce a band of 4"-8" of snow from southwest of St. Louis to Maine.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunny and cold with lows 10-15 and highs in the upper 20s to low 30s. The end of the week into the weekend will be decent with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s. Winter begins Saturday at 10:19 PM. This means we have the lowest sun angle of the year, so the snow will be melting slowly especially on north-facing surfaces that see no sunlight. So, even with highs in the 30s and 40s, there may be enough snow around to be considered a "White Christmas" assuming it does not snow before then. At this time, it does not look like we will have any snow systems before Christmas. There is a system to watch around the 25th, but it may be just rain, possibly freezing rain.

Have a great week.