March 4, 2021

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Winter Storm and Cold Wave Update 7:30pm Friday

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Now is the time to take a few minutes to think through how you will survive with heavy snow on the ground and these extraordinary cold temperatures. 

Joe Bastardi has made the comment that if these snowfall amounts (let alone more) between U.S. 400 and Interstate 20 or even the Texas Hill Country materialize, it will cause disruption on the order of a hurricane. Commerce will be frozen, power will likely be out in areas, and it will be difficult to get to medical emergencies.

National Weather Service Warnings

  • Pink = winter storm warning
  • Dark blue = winter storm watch
  • Light blue = cold wave warning 

In my opinion, there should be a winter storm watch over far southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. 

Here is my latest snowfall forecast. I’ve lowered the amounts a touch in a few areas. What makes this forecast extraordinarily difficult is the extremely high snow to water ratios. Typically 1″ of liquid rain would equal about 10 inches of snow. In this case 1″ of rain could equal anywhere from 18 to 25 inches of snow. The snow will be light and fluffy and will blow around a great deal causing moderate drifting. This is what is going to make travel so dangerous. 

Winds in southern Kansas and Oklahoma will gust between 20 and 30 mph. If you get stranded, you will put your life in danger! Don’t travel in this area after the times listed below. 

  • I fully expect mail and other deliveries to be suspended in many areas Monday and, in the heavier snow areas, Tuesday or longer. 
  • Make sure you have prescriptions, groceries and a full fuel tank before the times listed above. 
  • Disconnect hoses, start a slight flow of water, and open cabinets (i.e., under the kitchen sink) to help prevent broken pipes. You don’t want to deal with that in this weather!
  • Power failures are possible. Prepare accordingly. 
  • If you have a vulnerable friend or family member, have them stay in with you. Make sure that is accomplished by the times above. 

Forecast Low Temperatures Monday

Forecast Low Temperatures Tuesday

In many cases, these temperatures will be record lows!

Wind Chills Monday Morning

Note the values of -40°F (!) near the Kansas-Colorado border. 

Mike Smith

2021-02-13 01:48:00

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