Summary of the January 13-17th Winter Weather and Cold Temperatures

Winter Weather and Frigid Temperatures Hit the Central Plains Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend


An arctic cold front swept across the Central Plains this weekend.  The system brought a mix of freezing rain and drizzle, sleet, and snow to north central, northeast, and east central Kansas . 

By Sunday afternoon, precipitation had generally ended over north central Kansas .  Freezing drizzle, sleet, and snow continued to be observed further east throughout the evening hours. Snow flurries tapered off Monday morning leaving a wintry mix of frozen precipitation on the ground across the eastern half of the state.  Reports received through Sunday evening are depicted below.

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In the wake of the frontal boundary, a frigid arctic airmass settled over the Central Plains. Brisk northerly winds and cold air infiltrated the region, and some of the coldest temperatures of the season were felt across the heartland.


Low temperatures recorded overnight the 15th into the morning of the 16th were well below normal across Eastern Kansas .  Overnight the 16th into the morning of the 17th, cold temperatures continued, but a return of southerly wind flow kept them from falling as low as the previous few nights. Normal low temperatures for the second and third week in January are in the upper teens.  The normal low at Topeka for January 15th through the 17th is 17 degrees, and at Concordia, 16 degrees.

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Afternoon temperatures were also subject to the influence of the cold arctic airmass, and a broad region of high pressure stationed over the Central Plains. Despite sunny skies yesterday, highs were only able to sneak into the twenties across Northeast Kansas . Normal high temperatures across the eastern half of the state are generally in the 30s for this part of January.  The normal high temperature at Topeka for Janaury 15th through the 17th is 37 degrees, and at Concordia, 36 degrees.  Temperatures recorded on the 17th checked in well below these values.

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