Winter weather advisory in effect this afternoon until Monday morning

Winter weather advisory (National Weather Service graphic)
Winter weather advisory (National Weather Service graphic)

The weather forecast from the National Weather Service now calls for a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 p.m. Feb. 15 until 9 a.m. Feb. 16.

There is the possibility of a storm system moving into the area this evening with snow developing late and overnight, the weather service said.

Snow may develop along the I-70 corridor and spread southweard dthrough the late afternoon into the evening hours, according to the weather service.

Snow amounts could range from 3 to 6 inches in the central part of the state, south of the Kansas City area, while in the Kansas City area, 1 to 3 inches of snow may be possible, according to the weather service.

The weather service said residents should be prepared for slipper roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

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Snow accumulation (National Weather Service graphic)
Snow accumulation (National Weather Service graphic)

Slight chance of snow possible Sunday

National Weather Service graphic
National Weather Service graphic

Light snow is possible on Sunday, as a clipper system is moving in from the northwest, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 20 percent chance of snow on Sunday, starting around 9 a.m., according to the weather service. The high will be near 20.

Tonight, there is a dangerously cold wind chill across the area, according to the weather service. The wind chill index will be between -8 and 2.

Any snow on Sunday probably will be less than one inch in total, the weather service said.

For Monday, Washington’s birthday, expect a high near 33 degrees, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, the high will be near 31, and Wednesday, near 22, the weather service said.

Warmer weather forecast for Friday; colder Saturday

Today, the high will climb to about 45 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A south wind of 6 to 8 mph will shift to west northwest in the afternoon, the weather service said.

While there is another opportunity for light precipitation overnight Friday into Saturday behind a cold front, precipitation is likely to be to the north of the Kansas City area, and does not show up in the forecast during the daytime hours Saturday in Kansas City, according to the weather service.

During the day on Saturday, Valentine’s Day, the high will be near 34, according to the weather service, and the west wind will be 6 to 11 mph, becoming north northeast 21 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds may gust as high as 24 mph.

An arctic high pressure ridge will mean temperatures falling into the teens and single digits, according to the weather service. Saturday night, the low will be around 9, with wind chill of minus 5 to 5. The east wind will be 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

The high pressure will push eastward to the Great Lakes area by early Sunday morning, and as it does, an upper-level trough will dig from the Canadian Plains into the Midwest, the weather service said. This provides the lift for snow development beginning early Sunday morning and continuing through the day Sunday, according to the weather service.

There is a 40 percent chance of snow, and if it arrives, the snow could start around midnight and last through 9 p.m. on Sunday, according to the weather service.

Monday through Thursday appears to be dry, with temperatures on Presidents Day, Monday, at a high of 34, the weather service said. Tuesday’s forecast is a high near 26, then Wednesday, near 32, and Thursday, near 36, according to the weather service.