Rain chances this evening before snow returns on Monday

**Winter weather advisory will be in effect on Monday from 2 am through 3 pm for Republic, Cloud, Ottawa, Washington, and Clay counties.

What We’re Tracking:

  • Hit-or-miss showers this evening
  • Rain/snow for Monday
  • Quiet and mild beyond Monday

Late afternoon into Sunday evening is when some scattered showers will move across Northeast Kansas. Some rumbles of thunder are also possible. Best chance of thunderstorms will be for the extreme eastern areas, particularly those close to the Kansas-Missouri border. We’re not expected any severe thunderstorms for today, but any storms that do pop could have some stronger wind gusts that go along with them.

Even when some drier weather tries to move in at points tonight, the sky will remain mostly cloudy. However, colder air will start to move in, with temperatures falling back into the 30s overnight tonight.

As the colder air within that storm system starts curtailing into the region overnight tonight into Monday morning, rain will begin to transition over to snow. During the Monday morning commute though, the eastern half of the region looks to stay dry. The main batch of rain/snow will start moving into the western and northwestern areas during the morning. Even so, the best chance of widespread precipitation holds off until the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will be stuck in the 30s throughout the day on Monday, with a mix between rain and snow during the second half of the morning into the afternoon as temperatures get slightly above freezing. Otherwise, a more solid transition over to just snow will take place later on in the afternoon into the evening as temperatures start to fall back into the low to mid 30s.. This will become more of a widespread chance of snow, and could impact your commute home from work or school.

Winds will also be stronger for Monday, with sustained northwest winds at 15 to 25 mph by the afternoon. As the snow falls, blustery conditions are possible with those stronger winds in place, dropping down visibility at times, as well. The snow will finally get kicked out by late Monday night.

Since it will be mild during the weekend, the snow won’t initially stick as pavement and surfaces will still be too warm. Eventually though, snow will start to accumulate. By the time all is said and done late Monday evening, northwest areas could see an inch to 3 inches of snow, with just a dusting to upwards of an inch elsewhere.

Past Monday though, mostly sunny conditions return as high temperatures bounce back into the 40s and 50s. The next chance of rain looks to hold off until Friday.

-KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Christina Reis

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