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Snow to Overspread Much of Central U.S. This Weekend

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This week, Denver and Minneapolis received their first snowfalls of the season, and several other cities will soon get theirs this weekend as well.

From Omaha, Nebraska to Wichita, Kansas and on eastward to St. Louis, Missouri, snow will overspread the central portion of the country, primarily on Saturday. Low-level moisture in association with another cold front (bundle up for even colder temperatures next week) will move into the region starting on Saturday morning, spreading snow across much of the Midwest later Saturday and into Sunday.

Kansas City and Omaha will see their first flakes flying on Saturday morning, and those will move into St. Louis and Chicago later on in the day.

Forecast weekend snow totals:

Kansas City: 1-4″

Chicago: 1-2″

Wichita: 3-5″

Omaha: 2-4″

Des Moines: 2-5″

 

Lake-effect snow will stop for much of the Great Lakes this weekend as winds shift primarily to the southwest, but more snowfall is likely to re-start for many of the traditional snowbelts next week, starting on Monday with the next push of Arctic air (and switch in wind direction) from Canada.

Among the events that could be impacted include the fifth-ranked Texas Christian University Horned Frogs at Kansas Jayhawks football game on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas. Also, the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday versus the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City won’t see snow, but bitter cold behind the latest front will likely mean temperatures won’t climb across the freezing mark. Light snow could be in play for pre game festivities prior to the Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears game on Sunday as well, but cold weather will likely be a bigger factor rather than any potential snow.

The Arctic air mass means the extreme cold air can’t hold a lot of moisture, so snow totals above six inches anywhere will be hard to come by. Behind the latest system, next week will see more cold but dry air across the central reaches of the country before temperatures bounce back closer to average readings by late week.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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