February 5th Winter Storm Information

    Winter Weather Returns to the Tri-State Area

02/05/2008

     A large upper level low pressure system will continue to move across the Southern Plains today, spreading widespread snow across much of the area. For the latest information on this storm, please refer to the latest Winter Storm Warning,  Hazardous Weather Outlook , and Weather Story of the Day products. 

    Snow reports will be updated as they are received, and the following are the latest snow reports through 145 pm MST. Observations may have been taken at different times and may not reflect the latest amounts. The Goodland NWS observation will be updated the most frequently. Other locations will be updated as new information is received. Thanks to all observers, law enforcement and emerency managers that provided reports. A graphical version of this data is available here.

 

SITE

Snow Fall

Atwood

10.0

Goodland 12 NNE

8.9

Goodland NWS

8.3

11 North Atwood

8.0

Benkelman

8.0

Goodland 13.2 SW

7.5

Goodland City

7.0

McCook

7.0

Oberlin

7.0

Colby

7.0

Kanorado

 6.5

Kit Carson 9 NNE

 6.0

Hill City

6.0

Vernon 4 E

6.0

Parks 17N Nebraska

6.0

Goodland 0.5 ENE

5.7

Levant 6.9 SSW

5.5

Kirk 6.2 E

5.5

Colby 1 SW

5.0

Oakley

5.0

Norton

5.0

Hoxie

5.0

Stratton Colorado

5.0

Saint Francis

5.0

Trenton

5.0

Colby 0.6 NNW

4.5

Wallace

4.5

Mcdonald

4.3

Burlington 6 N

4.0

Cheyenne Wells 1.6 N

4.0

Wray 1.1 WSW

4.0

Wild Horse 0.5 NW

4.0

Burlington

4.0

Goodland 12 N

 3.9

Hoxie 4 East

3.0

10 NW Hill City

3.0

16 SW Hill City

3.0

Saint Francis 2.7 ESE

3.0

Norton Dam

3.0

Lenora

3.0

Wild Horse 6 N

3.0

Wray

3.0

Hill City 1 E

3.0

Norton 0.4 N

2.9

Saint Francis 0.3 NNE

2.8

Saint Francis 10.3 SSE

2.7

Culbertson

2.5

Oakley 4 West

2.5

Winona 3.7 SSW

2.5

Hoxie 1 East

2.0

Goodland 12.1 NW

2.0

Brewster 9 NW

2.0

Idalia

2.0

Quinter

2.0

Dresden

2.0

                                                                                                                                                 

Pictures

    The following pictures were taken from around the Goodland NWS Office. (Photos Courtesy of Mick Mcguire)

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Overview

    Snow began falling across the Tri-State Area around 8 pm MST (9 pm CST) across the southwest portions of the area and rapidly spread to the north and east. The following are surface observations and radar reflectivity taken at 9 pm MST (left) and water vapor imagery and 500 mb heights ,which show the approximate location of the upper level system at 9 pm MST.

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9 pm MST Surface/Radar

9 pm MST Water Vapor Imagery

    By 11 pm MST (Midnight CST) a band of heavy snow had developed and was located just north of a Burlington to Oberlin line.

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11 pm MST Surface/Radar

    The upper level storm system continued to move to the east and by 4 am MST (5 am CST) was nearing southeast Colorado. The yellow symbols on the image to the right indicate lightning strikes, and show a large area of thunderstorms had developed across eastern Kansas ahead of this system.  Across the Tri-State Area, widespread snow continued to fall, as indicated by the radar imagery on the left.

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4 am MST Surface/Radar

4 am MST Water Vapor Imagery

    By 730 am MST (830 am CST) a broad area of moderate snow was observed streching from Kit Carson to McCook with multiple smaller bands of snow observed to the southeast of the Goodland area. Water Vapor Imagery/500 mb heights also indicated that the upper level system continued to dig into southeast Colorado and western Texas.

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8 am MST Surface/Radar

8 am MST Water Vapor Imagery/Lightning

 

    Cold high pressure was also building into the area, keeping temperatures in the teens to low 20s at 8 am MST. The following surface map shows that the frontal and low pressure postion was well to the south and east of the heavy snow across northwest Kansas.

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8 am MST Frontal Postion

    By 12 pm MST ( 1 pm CST) an axis of heavy snow was located along a Weskan to Danbury line. Several small intense bands of snow to the south of this line were observed by National Weather Service Doppler Radar. Moderate snow also continued to the north of this line, with snow intensity weaking to the northwest of the Tri State Area. Water vapor imagery and 500 mb heights indicated that upper level system was entering southwest Kansas.

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Noon MST Radar/Surface

Noon MST Water Vapor Imagery/Lightning

 

-JRM



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