Winter Weather Possible On Saturday

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Expected Weather:  Rain will change to snow on Saturday, with accumulation possible in north central Kansas. Patchy freezing drizzle will also be possible across north central Kansas Saturday afternoon.

Areas Affected:  Areas near and northwest of an Abilene to Manhattan to Hiawatha line may see accumulating snow.  The best chance for an inch or two of snow will be areas north and west of Belleville.

Timing: Rain will mix with and change to snow in north central Kansas around noon on Saturday.  Snow will mix in across areas northwest of Interstate 35 during the evening.

Expected Accumulations:  Accumulations will be in the 1 to 2 inch range mainly north and west of Belleville, with less than an inch elsewhere.


Potential Impacts

This will be the first measurable snow of the season for much of north central Kansas, and travel may become difficult, particularly on bridges and overpasses as temperatures fall through the day. 

Increasing northwest winds may also cause brief reductions in visibility...mainly over north central Kansas.


Weather Discussion

A strong area of low pressure moving out of the southwestern United States will pump a large amount of moisture north into the southern and central Plains states.  This moisture will interact with a strong cold front and the approaching low pressure system to produce widespread precipitation.  Most of eastern and central Kansas will see a soaking rain with this storm system, but the rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast during the day on Saturday, with accumulating snowfall possible across parts of the area, with the best chance for moderate snow accumulations extending from southwest Kansas through north central Kansas, and into eastern Nebraska.


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