A powerful weather system is forecasted to move into Kansas mid-week with thunderstorms, heavy rain, high winds, flooding potential and blizzard-like conditions all possible.
According to ag meteorologist Chris Sramek of Decision Weather in Atwood, the region has not seen lows dropping to this level in over four decades. It’s expected to be akin to a category 2 hurricane.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for the front to move in Tuesday night with thunderstorm activity and some heavy rainfall. Since this precipitation will be falling on frozen ground, flooding is a threat. A Flood Watch has been issued for northwest Kansas and portions of southwest Nebraska. Thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to continue throughout the day Wednesday.
Wednesday afternoon and evening high winds are expected to kick in behind the cold front. Expect north winds 30-50mph sustained, with gusts of up to 60-80mph. These strong winds will continue into Thursday with 55-65mph gusts possible. A High Wind Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday.
Rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast Wednesday afternoon and evening, beginning in northeast Colorado. The snow is expected to heavy in some areas, primarily northeast Colorado and extreme northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska. Blizzard-like conditions and travel hazards are expected, especially in the aforementioned areas.
*Information provided by Chris Sramek with Decision Weather and The National Weather Service Office in Goodland.