The Red Willow County Fair is upon us. As of today it appears the temperatures will be manageable with temperatures ranging from the lower to mid 90's as highs for the Fair and lows of lower to mid 60's. Only a 10% chance of moisture expected.
Dress for the heat, have your mosquitos repellant with you and re-apply when needed, have plenty of water and take breaks from the heat often. Let's make this an enjoyable fair. For the safety of the public and your pets, please leave your dogs at home. They can not take the heat like humans can. We can sweat and they cannot.
A lot of businesses will be represented at the Fair this year in the Merchant Building and along the main entrance drive. Show your support for them and be sure to thank them for supporting the fair. If you enjoy the fair, send a note or message to the Fair Board. They work hard during the year to get set for the fair. Also, show your support to the Church Food Booths, they spend a lot of time preparing food for your enjoyment. They are all volunteers supporting their church and youth and it is usually pretty warm inside their booths.
Finally, we have a lot of talent in our community. Visit the open class exhibits in the Community Building and show support for the young people of the County by visiting the 4-H Building and checking out the 4-H livestock and poultry barns.
Red Willow County is in a tornado WATCH until 10:00 p.m. Tune in to your local radio, television, iPhone app or computer program for continued updates from the National Weather Service.
From the National Weather Service in Goodland Kansas, This hazardous weather outlook is for extreme southwest Nebraska...
northwest Kansas and east central Colorado.
There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms today, primarily in northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska between 2 pm and 8 pm MDT.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop along the dry line in vicinity of Highway 27 around 2 to 3 pm MDT. Storms will track
rapidly northeast into southwest Nebraska late this afternoon.
Golfball to baseball size hail and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph will be the primary severe weather hazards. An isolated tornado will
be possible late this afternoon and evening, primarily east of Highway 25 and north of Highway 24 after 6 pm MDT.
Additionally, south to southwest winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph this afternoon and early this evening. Blowing
dust and reduced visibilities will be possible.
Near critical fire weather conditions are expected in eastern
Colorado this afternoon.
Stay tuned in to your local weather stations, radio, television, and smart phones to keep up with the updated weather forecasts as the day continues.
On Friday early afternoon and into the evening, The National Weather Service says we have an above average of Severe weather that may quickly begin in the early afternoon. The risk for tornadoes will be highest before storms begin merging together. Average storm motion will be 50 MPH, which should aid in limiting the potential for flooding. However once storms begin to track over the same location or cluster together, flooding will become more of a concern. Clustering storms will be more likely to happen in the evening.
As Friday draws nearer, confidence continues to increase that this will be the first significant severe weather day of Spring for the Tri-State Area. While confidence in severe weather occurring is moderate, confidence in storm coverage is on the low side.
Even though storm coverage could be low, the storms that do form could be dangerous. The areal extent of the severe weather may expand to the west in the coming days. Those with graduations or other outdoor activities Friday need to stay aware of the weather for this day and be prepared for severe weather.
Well, here it is coming right at us. The time is 10:36 a.m. on 04/10/2019 and I just finished reviewing the updates from the National Weather service out of Goodland, Kansas. We could be in for quite a storm here tonight and tomorrow, Thursday. Be prepared and use extreme caution during the evening hours tonight and into the daytime hours Thursday. Do not take this storm lightly. I have been advised this is a powerful winter storm that will be travelling from northwest to southeast.
Wednesday day: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 pm. Temperature falling to around 44 by 5 pm. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour. Expect travel to become difficult if not impossible. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Wednesday night: Rain showers before 11 pm, then Snow showers, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 1 am. This snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Widespread blowing snow, mainly after 4 am. Low around 29. Very windy, with a north wind 30 - 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. 2 to 4 inches of new snow expected.
Thursday day: Snow showers likely before 1 pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Widespread blowing snow, mainly before 7 am. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Very windy, with a northwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. 1 to 3 inches of new snow possible.
Thursday night: A 20% chance of showers before 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy.
Friday day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23
So to recap:
Snowfall amounts have increased across the entire area. Because snow expected across the entire area, the Winter Storm Watch has been expanded to the entire area. Wind gusts up to 65 MPH, possibly up to 75 mph, near blizzard conditions, snowfall up to 9", up to .1" of ice accumulating.
Entire Tri-State Area at risk for these very high wind gusts. Near blizzard potential and heavy snow most likely across much of the area. 2 to 9 inches north of I-70 and up to 3 inches south of I-70.
Timing & Duration: Please see Timing page.
Impacts : Little to no visibility Wednesday night and Thursday morning making travel hazardous to dangerous. Some roads may become impassable. Power outages may occur.
Certainty & Considerations: High confidence in wind gust potential for entire area. Moderate to high confidence for blizzard conditions. Low confidence in freezing rain developing.
Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019 is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. There will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. CDT/9 a.m. MDT. The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning at that time. McCook and Red Willow County will activate the outdoor sirens at this time. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL.
This is from the National Weather Service, Goodland Kansas
Red Willow County is in a FLOOD WATCH, HIGH WIND WARNING AND A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Wednesday through Thursday. Please call the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office at 308-345-1850 if you observe flooding, especially flooding over roadways. Do not drive through flooded roadways as you do not know if the road is still there under the water.
We are expecting hind gusts up to 60 to 70 miles per hour in this area along with the threat of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon into tonight along a line east of Gove, Ks to McCook, Ne. Large hail is the main threat of this thunderstorm.
Expect blowing and drifting snow on roadways with reduced visibility for travelers, possible downed power lines and tree limbs. Impacts to high profile vehicles on east/west oriented roadways.
Certainty & Considerations
: Moderate to High for all areas. Least confident in flooding and the most confident in the very strong winds.
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Light to occasionally moderate snow will develop across the area tonight, becoming widespread after midnight and Thursday morning. Snow will end west to east Thursday afternoon. Heaviest snowfall amounts will be along the Kansas-Nebraska border area, where up to 6 inches will be possible.
Snow amounts have increased by a few inches. Timing has slowed and snow will linger into Thursday afternoon.
light to occasionally moderate snow. Areas of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle possible this evening south of Interstate 70 before changing to snow.
entire Tri State area.
Timing & Duration:
light snow possible today in the Tri border area of Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, but most of the snow will fall tonight through Thursday afternoon.
Hazardous travel due to snow on roadways.
Certainty & Considerations:
confidence has increased on snow amounts and locations. Some locally higher amounts possible near the Kansas and Nebraska border area.