I hope you ended up having a great Thanksgiving! My family went up to KC yesterday for Thanksgiving and what a drive that was. We drove up in a blinding rain with temperatures in the 60s. Once I hit the cold front about half way up, the truck shifted due to a NW wind and you could hear a whistle from the wind the rest of the way. The temperatures when from the 60s into the 30s in 12 miles. That was super cool! We drove back late last night in freezing rain and as we worked farther south we just had a very cold rain with about 35 degree temps, fun. This massive system, but disorganized is going to be with us for the next few days. Check it out.
You can see the big spin out west, but we have the front and cold polar/arctic air ahead of it. This is the same system that we saw in the Heady Pattern back around October 6th. This is still going to cause a cold rain and freezing rain today across the central plains. Icy troubles from SE KS, central KS, NE KS, KC metro and stretching south into central OK. Here is a map for this evening.
In the pink, another batch of freezing rain is work north. My viewing area will mainly be rain for this storm system except Yates Center, Chanute, Iola, Neodesha and Fredonia. You guys and gals will deal with some freezing rain. This system will stick around, but the rain will decrease some on Saturday.
By this time we have just showers sticking around. However, on Sunday the main system will push through. This will produce a band of snow across Nebraska and Iowa.
Finally early next week we will all start to dry out just a bit.
LONG RANGE FORECAST BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN. THIS COVERS NEBRASKA, IOWA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.
Rest of this week: Showers and thunderstorms late Wednesday and into Thursday. We need to watch for freezing rain and sleep on late Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The best chances will be in NE KS, central KS, western KS, SE KS, northern OK and the panhandles of OK and TX.
Next Week: A cool start to the week with partly sunny skies. Slight chances for rain will return Wednesday through Friday with colder temperatures for the weekend.
December 6th-12th: Cold temperatures with chances for snow on Monday. Warmer temperatures slowly work in through the week with rain chances returning by the weekend.
December 13th-19th: Turning colder with rain, ice and snow chances with two systems working through Sunday through Wednesday. Stay cool through the rest of the week with another system on Friday and Saturday with rain and snow chances.
December 20th-26th: A cold start to the week but mainly on the dry side. Cold with snow chances on Tuesday and Wednesday. This system should be out for Christmas Eve with temperatures slowly warming up for Christmas. We will see if our chances go up or not but right now I will say a 30% chance for a white Christmas in Joplin.