Update on light snow potential

With most areas avoiding any significant snow so far this winter, many have been asking if winter was basically over for us. Well, things have changed dramatically this week as colder air has returned and the weather pattern has shifted to something far more favorable for at some more light snow early next week.

 

Light snow chances are hinged on the disturbances currently over the Pacific. Image captured Thursday evening.
Light snow chances are hinged on the disturbances currently over the Pacific. Image captured Thursday evening.

The blue arrows on the satellite image above shows the projected path these disturbances will take, moving into southern Canada before digging south into the Four Corners region. However, there are several areas of energy out there and it looks like this may come through our region as several disorganized systems, rather than one stronger system. This is quite a change in the projection from earlier this week.

Several disturbances, or swirls in the clouds, are located over the Pacific on Thursday evening.
Several disturbances, or swirls in the clouds, are located over the Pacific on Thursday evening.

Several computer models have been hinting at this snow chance, but now indicate that perhaps midday Sunday would hold a slightly better chance for light snow than first indicated. The latest run of Futuretrack is shown below:

Eastern KS Precip RPM

Additional snow chances are more favored for the southern half of the state (and perhaps our southern counties) by late Monday into early Tuesday. That is a path that is much farther south than originally indicated.

We’ll continue to track the storm system and let you know on KSNT News any changes to the projections as the system draws closer.

– KSNT Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller

 

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