Freezing Rain, Thunderstorms Possible Over Northeast Kansas Overnight

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Cold air blasts southward this evening, setting the stage for a rather complex forecast tonight. Light rain develops this evening, with freezing rain over areas that have fallen below freezing. Thunderstorms may form overnight across much of the area, which may cause some of the freezing rain to switch to sleet at times. The freezing precipitation threat pushes to near Topeka by sunrise Friday, with warming temperatures bringing an end to the threat by late in the morning. With road and ground temperatures on the warmer side, the biggest threat for icy conditions will be on bridges and elevated surfaces. Please be careful if you are out driving tonight.

A cold front will move through the region tonight bringing showers and thunderstorms with it. Colder air is also expected to move in behind the front and cause some light freezing rain for parts of north-central Kansas. The rain is expected to gradually come to an end on Friday and temperatures should begin to rebound during the weekend with highs in the mid-70s forecast to start off next week.

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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.