Tornado drill planned today

The annual Kansas-Missouri tornado preparedness drill is planned this afternoon.

The tornado drill will be conducted between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, and is expected to be held around 1:30 p.m.

Conducted by the National Weather Service, the tornado drill will include a simulated tornado warning to be issued, and the all-hazards weather radio system will be activated.

The alerts messages will indicate this is a test of the system and not an actual tornado warning, according to a spokesman. The test will not be performed if there is threatening weather in the area, to avoid any confusion.

If the test is canceled because of the weather, the backup date will be Thursday, March 5.

Residents may listen to the simulated tornado warnings on the National Weather Service radio, local radio and television stations and listen for outdoor warning sirens. Do not rely solely on outdoor warning sirens as they are not designed to be heard in all locations within the county or inside buildings, according to a spokesman.

In Wyandotte County, the test will consist of sounding the tornado warning signal, a three-minute steady blast, on the emergency management outdoor warning sirens.

Residents may use this test as an opportunity to practice going to a tornado safe place such as above ground tornado shelters.

During a real tornado warning, residents should seek shelter in a basement or low-lying area. Motor vehicles and mobile homes are generally unsafe during tornadoes.

Actual tornadoes may be reported to the Emergency Management Department, 913-573-5300, or to the police and fire emergency numbers, through 911.

Wyandotte County is holding a free tornado severe weather awareness seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The guest speaker will be Andy Bailey, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Forecast later today is warmer and dry

Temperatures today. (National Weather Service graphic)
Temperatures today. (National Weather Service graphic)

The forecast today, Election Day, for Wyandotte County is warmer, as temperatures will reach a high near 48 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

While there is snow predicted this afternoon for the region, it currently appears to be south of a Gardner, Kan., to Boonville, Mo., line, which is south of Wyandotte County, according to the weather service. Freezing drizzle and freezing rain are possible with that storm, the weather service said.

The temperature was 41 degrees in Wyandotte County at 8 a.m., according to the weather service. It was a little misty in some areas this morning. A southwest wind of 10 to 17 mph will become north northwest in the afternoon, and winds could gust as high as 26 mph, the weather service said.

A cold front is expected to move through the region this afternoon, according to the weather service. The high of 46 degrees is expected around noon today. Temperatures will begin falling, and at 3 p.m., the high may be 45 degrees, according to the weather service. At 6 p.m., the high may be 40 degrees.

Around 9 p.m. today, temperatures will drop to 32 degrees, the freezing point, and at midnight, to 26 degrees.

No precipitation is expected in Wyandotte County until 6 a.m. Wednesday, when there is a slight chance of snow, and temperatures will be 17 degrees.

Wednesday, there will be a 20 percent chance of snow in the morning, lasting until 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 28, and a north wind will be 10 to 14 mph with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Wednesday night’s low will be around 11, the weather service said.

Thursday, skies will be sunny and the high will be near 33, according to the weather service. Thursday night’s low will be 23.

Friday, expect sunny skies with a high near 48, the weather service said. The low Friday night will be around 30.

Saturday will be springlike with sunny skies and a high of 51, according to the weather service. Sunday’s and Monday’s high may be near 54, the weather service said.

Snow tonight south of the Kansas City area. (National Weather Service graphic)
Snow tonight south of the Kansas City area. (National Weather Service graphic)

Ice and snow may miss Wyandotte County, according to current forecast

A chance of freezing rain and light icing is in the forecast tonight north of the Kansas City area. (National Weather Service graphic)
A chance of freezing rain and light icing is in the forecast tonight north of the Kansas City area. (National Weather Service graphic)

A little bit of everything is in the forecast from the National Weather Service today. But for Wyandotte County, the forecast now is showing that it is outside the main area for freezing rain tonight and snow on Tuesday night.

As weather conditions may change, keep up with the weather conditions at www.weather.gov.

Today’s high will be near 37, the weather service said.

Light rain will spread into an area north of Kansas City, Kan., tonight, where temperatures will be below freezing, the weather service said. This area now appears to be around St. Joseph, Mo., along and north of Highway 36, according to the weather service.

There is a 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 9 p.m., here, the weather service said. The low will be about 33 degrees. A south wind of 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph, is in the forecast according to the weather service.

Tuesday morning, temperatures will rise above freezing and the freezing rain will change to all rain, the weather service said.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon, on Tuesday, Election Day. The high will be near 47 degrees, according to the weather service. It will be windy, with a south wind of 15 to 21 mph becoming north northwest on Tuesday afternoon, the weather service said. Winds may gust as high as 29 mph, the weather service said.

Behind a cold front, on Tuesday night, light snow will be possible south of Highway 50, which is south of Wyandotte County, and includes Butler, Mo., Columbia, Mo., and Sedalia, Mo., according to the weather service.

Tuesday night’s low for Wyandotte County will be around 16 degrees, with a north wind of 13 to 15 mph, gusting to 21 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, skies will be partly sunny, with a high near 28, the weather service said. The north northwest wind will be 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Wednesday night’s low will be around 11, and Thursday’s high will be near 34, the weather service said.

There is a chance of light rain on Tuesday east of Wyandotte County, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service graphic)
There is a chance of light rain on Tuesday east of Wyandotte County, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service graphic)

An area south of the Kansas City area may receive some light snow on Tuesday night. (National Weather Service graphic)
An area south of the Kansas City area may receive some light snow on Tuesday night. (National Weather Service graphic)