Rain Turns To Snow/Wintry Mix Saturday; Near Blizzard Conditions Possible

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Rain will turn to snow from west to east across the area Saturday afternoon and evening. Strong winds will cause near blizzard conditions across north central and parts of northeast Kansas Saturday afternoon and evening. Also runoff from the rain may cause flooding of some area streams and creeks.

There is at least some concern, especially later this afternoon and during the overnight period, that as precipitation develops over the area, temperatures may still be near or just below freezing. The area shaded in pink is that main area of concern and uncertainty today. A degree or two will likely matter as to whether this area can sustain all liquid precipitation or if there is an area of light freezing drizzle or rain that falls. If traveling through this region today, stay current with the forecast and also drive with caution as roads may become slick.


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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.