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Weather Blog: Winter Returns Friday

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 09:52:49-05

Good Tuesday bloggers,

Are you missing winter? Well, if you are, you only have to wait until Friday as we track a strong cold front from the north and a potent storm system from the southwest.

If you are not missing winter, then today through Thursday are your days. We will see highs in the 50s today and Wednesday and perhaps 60° Thursday.

THURSDAY: It will be windy and mild with increasing showers and a few thunderstorms along and east of I-35. We are still on the western edge, so a trace to .25" of rain is possible. The cold front will move through Thursday night.

FRIDAY: The Thursday night front will stall in Missouri and become a warm front in response to the storm system tracking out of the southwest USA. Temperatures on Friday will drop from around 40° in the morning to the 20s by evening. Also, as the day progresses there will be an increase in the precipitation. Rain and drizzle will start during the morning and then transition to freezing rain and sleet during the afternoon as colder air moves in. Snow will be found northwest of KC with heavy rain and thunderstorms to the southeast. So, by Friday afternoon and evening around here it could be getting slick quick.

SATURDAY: The main storm will move by and the atmosphere will be cold enough for all snow. As is northwest Missouri is on the northwest edge of the main snow as temperatures drop to the teens. The heavy rain and ice are shifting east. The storm is moving quickly, so by afternoon we may even see a peek of sun, but it will be cold with highs in the 20s.

CHIEFS SUNDAY: The storm system will be long gone and highs will most likely reach the 30s after lows in the teens. It will be cold out there with a 10-15 mph wind from the southeast. If we get more snow on the ground, it may stay in the 20s. But, it still looks like a dry day.

RAINFALL/MELTED SNOW FORECAST: We are showing this because you can see how tight the gradient is between amounts under .20" and amounts around 1.50". The storm track is still a question. If it tracks farther south, then we will see a little bit of rain, ice and snow. If it comes farther north, then we could see a much bigger winter storm. The bottom line is that it is going to turn colder Friday and we have a decent chance to see rain to freezing rain/sleet then snow. The amounts of each precipitation type are still a huge question.

Have a great rest of your week and stay with 41 Action News and we'll keep you advised.