Have a good weekend everyone. This is not a typical Wednesday in December. It was quite warm today as we broke our record at Joplin Regional. After the 50s lows and 60s highs on Thursday, we’re in the 60s to start this morning. Despite mostly cloudy skies, strong southerly winds pushed the highest temperature to 76° in the Joplin Area this afternoon. That broke the old record of 74° set in 1984.
Even before we had our hurricane band moving through the area with some severe storm warnings, this compact and powerful storm system meant strong wind speeds were abundant over the Rockies. the East and the Central & Northern Plains. On the map below, all reports of “hurricane” winds are not actually coming from hurricane t. These are winds from the storm system alone, ranging from 50 mph to 100 mph. That’s right. The airport in Russell, KS was hit by a 100 mph gust and no storm around before 4 p.m. this afternoon. These winds were so bad that dust storms swept through areas of central and western Kansas. Additionally, there are numerous reports of vehicle and pickup rollovers. It got so bad that I-70 is closed between Salina and the Colorado border until further notice.
As of late this Wednesday night, the cold front continues to push through. While it gives our strong-to-severe storm ratio, the higher probability for severe weather remains north of the lower near-surface area.
Another reason why the weather is so severe up north we are located upstairs at the jet stream level. The main upper low of this wave is passing through the Upper Midwest. That’s where the better upstairs dynamics with this system line up with this storm system. While we will rest on Thursday, there is another energy group in the Pacific Northwest that will be active on Friday.
For the rest of the night, the serious threat continued to abate. As we hit the road Thursday morning, there’s a good chance of rain here. We’ll have a few clouds to start the day with much cooler temperatures as the lows should drop again in the lower years to the mid-40s.
With slightly sunny skies and MUCH milder northerly winds, we should be much colder than we are today. We would expect mid-50s highs across the region.
On Thursday night and into Friday, the next burst of superior energy will come from our west. With the back of this overall system, that should bring mostly cloudy skies again on Thursday and Friday nights. While we can’t rule out some very sporadic showers late on Thursday night and into Friday morning, that will see a return of scattered showers on Friday. Despite that and a good start to the mid-40s, it’s light again shortly on our Friday afternoon with 60s highs lower.
As for Friday’s expected rainfall, heavier-than-expected rainfall is likely to benefit areas along and south of I-44. That could push the amount from an inch to perhaps up to 2.5 inches on Friday. Everyone else will see rainfall ranging between a quarter of an inch and an inch before the rain dissipates on Friday night.
The rest of the weekend was dry with partly sunny skies and high mountain peaks back to normal. We’ll be between 40s for a peak on Saturday and over 40s on Sunday. The next system could bring some chance of rain on our way to Monday. Otherwise, we will go from a favorable start next week to the mid-50s on Tuesday and a high back near 60° on Wednesday. Doug has your updated long range forecast covered for early January below. Have a good night and a great Thursday!
Thursday, 23 – Saturday, 25: Gently until Christmas Eve. Cool down for Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays. Possibly rain on Thursday and Friday (not like snow, but we’ll see).
December 26 to January 1. First: Light and rainy start to Tuesday. The weather is much colder for the rest of the week. Chances of snow on Wednesday and Thursday.
January 2-8: Mostly a cold again week with a chance of snow on Wednesday.
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