Weather Authority: Icy Tuesday morning commute

Rain snow mix early Saturday warming weekend

Rain and drizzle will begin in Central Kansas around midnight and continue into mid-morning Tuesday.

Ice accumulations of between a quarter- to a half-inch are possible. Plan for travel issues during tomorrow's commute lingering into the lunch hour. The cold air to the north surging southward will bring the potential for freezing rain late Tue into Wednesday morning.

It's been a while since we've had an icing event in the area.

As the melted snow pack and rain turns into run off on the frozen ground, it will find its way towards area rivers, so expect rising waterways later in the week in our southern areas.

The worst of the storm is expected from now until about 3 p.m.

Tonight, the low will be 18, according to the weather service. Storms should be moving fast enough that flooding will be less likely, but strong storms could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain and produce minor flooding.

Chris Bowman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Pleasant Hill office, said early Tuesday the intensity of rain was coming through eastern Kansas early Tuesday and heading toward the Kansas City area.

The low on Monday was 33, 17 degrees above normal and 48 degrees above the record low of 15 below for the date, set in 1979.

Snowfall totals stayed at 13.3 inches in February, 5.9 inches above normal; 27.2 inches in winter, 6.6 inches below normal; and 27.5 inches in the snow season of July to June, 10.4 inches below normal.

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