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Weather Blog - A Few Snowflakes With Rain Moving In Now & 100% Chance Again On Tuesday

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Posted at 8:42 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 11:09:20-05

Good morning bloggers,

There are some snowflakes coming down on the leading edge of this rain. A band of rain, mixed with those snowflakes, is moving across the KC metro area right now, as I am writing this blog at 8:40 AM. There are two storm systems lined up to affect us; one today, and a second stronger one tomorrow. Let's take a look.

There are two bands of rain on radar this morning. The first band is moving across the KC metro and surrounding areas this morning, and a second band is approaching. Then, this next map shows the storm developing on Tuesday:

On Tuesday, a strengthening storm will be approaching. Imagine this storm in around 120 days as we move into the spring. This would be a severe weather set up, and remember the pattern is cycling, so this part of the pattern will cycle through during the winter and spring months ahead of us. For now, it means rain today, and then possibly a few thunderstorms with the rain on Tuesday. As this strong system moves by early Wednesday, there may be some wrap around rain on the back side, which would normally be snow at this time of the year, but it is just a bit too warm right now for various reasons. The biggest reason is a high Arctic Oscillation positive index right now, and the cold air is being held way up north in Canada.

Kansas City Weather Time-Line:

  • Today: A 100% chance of rain. Light winds. High: 44°
  • Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of showers. Low: 40° rising to 45° by morning!
  • Tuesday: Cloudy with a 100% chance of rain and possibly a few thunderstorms. High: 53°
  • Wednesday: Cloudy with rain ending early in the day. High: 46°
  • Thursday: Mostly cloudy, dry, and mild. Light southeast winds. High: 55°

This picture of Sunny & Rainbow was taken at the peak of the colorful sunrise. "Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning". Why is this quote valid? When a storm is approaching, the sun will rise while clouds are increasing from the west. This will lead to the red sky, which indicates a storm is possibly on the way, which it did indicate this morning. The other end of the spectrum, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight" happens as the storm is leaving, and the sun sets to the west illuminating the exiting clouds.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Our winter forecast is coming up next week. Have a great start to the week.

Gary