Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday mid-morning update

As expected, some precipitation has developed this morning just as the warm air is surging in out ahead of a clipper system. Along and north of I-70 it is mainly in the form of some snow and sleet, and south of I-70 it is changing over to all rain as the temperatures are rising.

The small band of precipitation is moving eastward, and will only last an hour possibly two. There areas that see snow in Missouri will likely pick up a heavy dusting at the most. We just are not in the right spot to get any signifivant accumulation. These storms have yet to track south of us this year, and it is the same case with this storm as the low is in Central Iowa where 4-6 inches may be possible in spots.

After the front passes through this afternoon, winds will quickly strengthen to 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45+ mph at times. And with temperatures crashing into the single digits for most everyone, windchills will be well below zero.

So here is the breakdown for today. Some snow showers and rain showers through the rest of the morning with no accumulation to a dusting possible. A warm up to the upper 40's and low 50's before a strong cold pushed through this afternoon. Winds will increase this afternoon and overnight to 25-35 mph, gusting 45+ mph at times. This will create windchills well below zero.

It will stay cold through tomorrow with teens and 20's around the area. Winds will be breezy in the morning (10 to 20 mph) and become lighter tomorrow afternoon as high pressure settles in.

Alex Pickman


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