Thursday, February 21, 2013

Final Blizzard of Oz Forecast

This is the final forecast for the Blizzard of Oz. It is the forecast additional snowfall from 6pm this evening until the snow storm dissipates. The blue area is an additional six to seven inches.

In Wichita, we have had 14.2" so far making it the second biggest snow storm in the city's history. Less than an inch of additional accumulation is expected, so it will not exceed our all-time record of 15 inches from 1962. So far, the largest storm total is 18 inches in Kingman Co. (town of Nashville) which is along U.S. 54 about 30 miles straight west of Wichita.

Other snow totals: Hays (on I-70, still closed), 17 inches Hutchinson, 13.5 inches; McPherson, Salina, and Pratt, 12 inches. Across the Kansas City area, amounts range from 10 to 12 inches.

Associated with the same low pressure system that caused the snow going to cause is very heavy rain in the Southeast which brings the threat of flooding. Moderate rains will extend into the Midwest where they are also needed for agricultural and water supply purposes.

Tomorrow, we are going to talk about the total moisture from this storm and about winter storm forecasting in general.  

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