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Cold to Start the Week, Warmer to End the Week.

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Notice the two visible satellite images on the right. In the top one, I have indicated where the clouds were as of @10AM this morning and also the snowpack which shows up as white and looks like clouds at that time. Notice the second map which was late this afternoon which has the clouds moving on eastward and much of the snowpack having receded on into KS. Obviously, most of the lighter snowfall amounts along the southern edge of the snowpack quickly melted away. Also, the clouds still obscure the snowpack for E KS and on into MO. Snowfall totals were on the order of 2-3" right along the OK/KS state line with Bartlesville reporting 2" and 3" near Caney, KS. On up into eastern KS, snow totals were up around the 8-9" mark. There was a very sharp gradient from the dusting to flurry activity that most of us received to the measurable snows just to the north.

However, with the snow covered ground just north in KS and with a brisk NW wind again Monday, temperatures will struggle to warm much and another very cool day is in store. For tonight, the clear skies and lighter NW winds of 8-15 mph will allow temperatures to drop into the low-mid 20s. Sunshine to start the day Monday will be followed by clouds returning by late morning or early afternoon, particularly for the more E and NE counties which will be impacted by another shot of energy rotating around the big storm center now located well east of us. There might even be a few flurries for the more NE counties at some point during the day.

Tuesday will also start off clear and cold but with lighter northerly winds throughout the day. Despite lots of sunshine, the northerly flow off the snowpack to the north will make for another very chilly day with afternoon highs in the 40s to near 50. Mid 60s would be normal for daytime highs at this time of year.

On Wednesday, our winds will be returning to a more southerly direction which will initiate a more significant warm-up for the rest of the week. However, clouds will also be returning so our daytime highs will still struggle to make it back to near normal. We will also have at least a chance of showers/storms beginning Thursday and right on through the Easter weekend. In fact, there are indications of a rather sustained period of unsettled weather extending through the Easter weekend and into that following week.

So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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