By: Robb Lawson
For the second time in a week an intense low pressure system kicked-out into the plains and brought a wide variety of severe weather to the area.This winter storm started off affecting the area not with snow, but with severe storms! As rich moisture streamed northward, severe storms developed over Oklahoma early Tuesday February 5th. These storms eventually moved into South Central Kansas and produced nickel to quarter size hail over portions of Sedgwick County. Image 1 is a radar display showing the severe storm affecting Sedgwick County around 5am on February 5th. Snow broke out across Central Kansas as the morning hours of February 5th progressed. The snow, which was heavy at times, continued throughout the day and eventually spread into South Central Kansas after dark. Image 2 is a map showing snowfall amounts from Tuesday, February 5th through Wednesday morning, February 6th. In addition to producing heavy snow across portions of the Central Plains, this powerful low pressure system also brought deadly severe storms to portions of the Mississippi Valley. Image 3 is comprised of a satellite image from around 9 pm on Tuesday February 5th with the upper air chart overlaid. Note the same low pressure system was producing a line of severe storms over the Mississippi Valley with snow over the plains.