It is fascinating really, and there is a major snowstorm in progress north of Kansas City, one state away. Chicago will have it's first snowfall accumulation of the season tonight as it has just started snowing there. Areas 100 miles south of Chicago are the target for this winter storm, however.
A storm system is developing today that will impact parts of the central plains into the Great Lakes states with a snowstorm. We will discuss this storm system in just a minute, have a big discussion on the latest stage of El Niño, a look at the AO and NAO, and then finish with a look into next week's big storm system in today's blog. Let's begin with a discussion on the strengthening monster El Niño.
The weather pattern is getting a bit wilder as we move towards the big Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend. A storm system with an associated strong cold front will be developing in the next two days, and then a much larger scale storm system and an Arctic front will be developing Thanksgiving week. The pattern is getting very complex later next week and the models are having a hard time figuring out how it will set up. Some solutions have been brutally cold, and others
Here is the storm that created the conditions favorable for the historic tornado outbreak over the western high plains, and that was followed by near blizzard conditions today in areas that were in tornado warnings yesterday. Keep this storm in our memory bands. For those of you following the LRC for years, you know I will be coming back to this day when this storm cycles back through. There are more take aways from this weather experience we just shared in the past few days.
Yes, that is snow right over the same location where the supercell thunderstorms formed yesterday. Wow, the second storm this season that has had tornadoes one day and snow the next, and this time it may go from tornadoes to a blizzard. This storm is tracking just a bit farther south, but it will be kicked northeastward tonight. Have a great day. I had 1.60" of rain in south Overland Park, KS. How much did you have? We are currently analyzing the end of the week system and we will continue this conversation in the comments section.
As I am about to broadcast the weather on KSHB.com and on 41 Action News at 6 PM, take a look at what I will be showing:
This weather pattern still has a few features we are identifying, confirming, and determining what these factors will mean for, not just the next three months of winter, but also for the spring and summer seasons. The forecast we issue Tuesday night will include a seasonal snow forecast for Kansas City, which has been within three inches of snow the past couple of years.
The warm beginning to this season continues. El Niño has continued to strengthen. And, the most recent storm system is now about to develop. The Great Lakes just had Lake-Effect Rain, and then it finally became cold enough for some Lake-Effect snow. The weather pattern is now set for the season, and we are continuing our diligent work on figuring out what this pattern will mean for each location.
Writing up the blog now....
What an interesting weather day we just experienced. What a rare weather event with tornado reports across parts of Iowa, and then snow falls in the same spots as those tornado locations just a few hours later, all in the same day. I don't believe I have ever seen anything like this before.