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Thursday, February 02, 2012

CSW Weather: Wet Next Few Days For Central States

Today's mild- spring-like weather will give way to a storm system that will begin in the Kansas City MetroRegion by sunrise Friday...

A low pressure system will slowly make it's way across the middle of the Central States- probably south of Metro Kansas City- and produce all kinds of weather from blizzard conditions over northwest Kansas to central Nebraska to possible severe thunderstorms over parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma Friday into at least early Saturday.

In the Kansas City MetroRegion- we'll catch up on our rainfall deficit by late Saturday- with showers and a few thunderstorms possible by sunrise tomorrow.

Local rain amounts should range from an inch to as much as three inches.

Thus far- any snowfall in the MetroRegion looks to be in far northwestern through northeastern portions (northeastern Kansas through north-central Missouri)- and that won't be possible until later Saturday with amounts at this time looking to be fairly small (less than 2-inches).

Any snowfall at all in Metro Kansas City won't be possible until late Saturday into early Sunday- and amounts will certainly be under an inch if we get any snow at all.

That won't be the case from northwestern Kansas through east-central Nebraska- where as much as a foot of snow could fall in some areas until the storm tapers off late Saturday.

In the warm sector of this storm- there is a chance of severe thunderstorms beginning early tomorrow (Friday) morningover western Oklahoma and the upper Texas Panhandle- with that threat spreading east and south on Saturday from north-central Oklahoma into central Arkansas and southward.

The good news is no widespread threat of severe storms are expected and the chance of tornadoes are fairly low in those areas outlooked for severe weather.

 As the storm system passes slowly east on Sunday- all precipitation will end from west to east and temperatures will return to more seasonable averages.

The good news is that no bitterly cold air is foreseen for at least the next week- but there is a another chance of a wet storm system in the Central States by mid-week- but no big precipitation amounts are expected.

And meteorological spring begins in less than 30 days (March 1).

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