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Thursday night forecast: Blizzard Conditions possible Friday

Minor accumulation with extreme winds may create blizzard conditions
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:10 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 11:21 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Strong winds will be the big weather story tomorrow with colder temperatures tomorrow and some snow. Northwest winds gusting 40-60 mph will be likely which will bring cold wind chills tomorrow when highs will be stuck in the 30s, wind chills will be in the mid teens to mid 20s.

We’re also keeping an eye on precipitation chances tomorrow. The better chance of precipitation will come in the form of snow after midnight tonight into tomorrow. The highest chance of snow will be northeast of a line from Marysville through Holton to Kansas City (extreme northeast KS) with uncertainty on how far southwest the snow will get. This part of the forecast will be fine tuned so check back tomorrow for an update. Most spots (that get snow at all) will be in the Trace to 0.5″ range however extreme northeast Kansas has the potential for 1-2″.

This Afternoon: WINDY. Some peeks of sun at times otherwise mostly cloudy. Temperatures remain steady with little/warming cooling the rest of the day. Winds NW 25-40, gusts up to 50 mph.

Tonight: Chance of snow after midnight with lows in the upper 20s-low 30s. Winds NW 10-20, gusts up to 30 mph.

Tomorrow: WINDY. Light snow especially farther northeast you are. Highs in the 30s. Temperatures will be key on how easy it will be for snow to accumulate especially on the roadways. Most models have highs in the mid 30s however if some areas are stuck in the low 30s, that’ll make it easier for snow to accumulate. Winds NW 25-40, gusts up to 50 mph.

The winds relax Friday night and for the weekend winds will remain under 20 mph. With a mix of sun and clouds, highs will be in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Next week has some uncertainty with cloud cover so that would affect temperatures (more sun=warmer temperatures). There will be a brief warm up Monday, in fact wouldn’t be surprised especially with more sun if highs were closer to 50° before a weak cold front brings a cool down Tuesday. Highs remain in the 40s for much of next week. There are indications of a storm system from one model late Friday into Friday night (Day 9-10) however the other model has the area staying dry but that would likely be our next possibility of precipitation after tomorrow.

Taking Action:

  1. With strong northwest winds and gusts 40-50 mph today and tomorrow use caution while driving. Check the WIBW Weather app for more info on the wind advisory in effect for your area.
  2. With a snow chance tomorrow and the highest probability of accumulating snow and impacts in extreme northeast Kansas use caution with blowing snow and reduced visibility.
Subject to change, check back tomorrow for an update
Subject to change, check back tomorrow for an update(WIBW)

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