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Up & down temperatures return on the weekly planner

The updated weekly planner shows plenty of up and down temperatures lined up for us while we keep an eye on just one storm system on the way for Wednesday. The system on Wednesday will force some scattered showers during the morning for areas along and south of I-44. As temperatures from the 40s and into the 20s for the afternoon, that will result in a period of light sleet and snow for our southern counties south of I-44. Minor accumulations are expected with only a dusting to half an inch possible. Behind the front, we’ll dry out for Thursday and stay dry through early next week. However, we’ll be much colder for Thursday with lows in the lower teens and highs only pushing into the middle to upper 20s. We’ll head back above freezing to kick off the weekend with highs in the upper 30s on Friday. We’ll have cool temperatures in the middle to upper 40s for Saturday and Sunday before we head back into the upper 50s on Monday. That warm-up won’t last long beyond Monday since highs will drop back into the middle 30s by next Tuesday.

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Lingering dry conditions on the Drought Tracker

The latest look at the Drought Tracker still has some parts of the area in need of some moisture. For southwest Missouri, we have areas north of I-44 with abnormally dry conditions while areas south of the Interstate and into northwest Arkansas still show up in good shape. The main problem areas really pop up when you work into our corners of Kansas and Oklahoma. Much of northeast Oklahoma is experiencing some sort of drought. The conditions go from abnormally dry around Grand Lake to a moderate drought in Craig County to a severe drought in Nowata and Washington counties. At least we aren’t dealing with the extreme drought that remains confined to central and western Oklahoma. For southeast Kansas, we see moderate drought conditions from Chetopa, Independence and Howard down to the state line. Abnormally dry conditions continue northward to a line stretching from McCune to Thayer and Fredonia. With our rain and snow that we picked up on Friday and Saturday, we’ll see if that improved things when the updated Drought Tracker comes out Thursday morning.

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Car wash forecast – January 19th-21st

Our updated car wash forecast shows a system that may cause some tricky conditions for Wednesday before we dry out for the rest of the three day period. Our next cold front and upper-level wave will work in for Wednesday. For areas along and south of I-44, these systems will produce some rain showers to start the day off. As temperatures turn colder, areas south of I-44 will see the rain turn to a mix of sleet and snow throughout the afternoon. For that reason, we gave Wednesday a fair rating. Fortunately, this system clears out for Thursday and Friday. Even though it will be quite cold for both days, we’ll be dry for both days. That’s why we gave a good rating and the go-ahead for a fresh coat of wax for both Thursday and Friday.

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Law enforcement updates on road conditions

Here is a look at local conditions in the area provided by law enforcement. The list will be updated as we receive more information.

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Kansas

The Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office notes slick road conditions on interstates. Crews work to clear the roads, however, continuous snowfall has made it difficult to remove ice and snow. Deputies advise the public to buckle up and slow down while traveling.

Missouri

Newton County Sherriff’s Office reports that side roads are slick and mostly covered. Deputies report that interstates have patches of ice.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises people to avoid travel if possible. Roads in the upper half and southwest part of the state are now covered.