Storm system to bring winter weather back to southwest Kansas

Kansas City, Mo. – Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said a winter storm system currently located across the Gulf of Alaska is expected to bring winter weather back to southwest Kansas late this weekend. The system is forecast to track across the northern Rockies Saturday and then across the central Plains on Sunday. Light rain with higher elevation snow is expected for the Northwest, according to forecasters, who said system movement should allow for some lingering lower elevation rain and mountain snow across northern Oregon, Washington and into the Intermountain West. Another frontal system will make its way onshore this evening and could spark another shot of light to moderate precipitation to the Pacific Northwest. See today’s Hazards Map at http://www.weather.gov/largemap.php and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center threats map at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad1.gif. The storm system coming from the Gulf of Alaska will usher in a modified arctic air mass across western Kansas on Sunday, with a dramatic change in temperatures expected across the region. Daytime high temperatures well above normal seen this past week will be a thing of the past. High temperatures Sunday are expected to be around freezing with lows in the teens and colder for snow-covered areas. Forecasters said snowfall amounts are uncertain, but a few inches of snow cannot be ruled out somewhere across the Plains. Other Middle America precipitation areas include: Light rain and freezing rain over eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota 1-2 inches of snow north of U.S. 212 in South Dakota and 3-4 inches south of U.S. 212 Light to moderate snow for northwestern Wyoming A chance for light to moderate snow for Colorado NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml. Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at http://weather.gov; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php. Contact: Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135

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