Fetch the sunglasses and the cocoa butter, it’s Ground Hog Day…
Not just any Ground Hog Day, mind you, this one’s likely to go into the record books in the most benign winter in KC ever.
So says KSHB weather wonk Gary Lezak.
"Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so that means he goes back inside and we have six more weeks of winter," Lezak says. "So what we’ve been doing already for six more weeks."
What "we’ve been doing already" is scampering about in sweaters and light jackets and celebrating astonishingly low heating bills. What we’ve not been doing is buying driveway melt, winter coats, snowblowers and so forth.
And while that could change, don’t hold your breath, Lezak says.
"It might snow Saturday night or Sunday morning," he says. "But then after Saturday night and Sunday morning, there’s nothing.
"It’s going to rain all day tomorrow a whole bunch – we’ll probably set a record for rainfall tomorrow – with one to two inches and a chance of three inches of rain."
As for our all-time low snowfall of 4.5 inches, think of it as a record about to be broken.
"It is now the record least amount of snow between December 1st and now," Lezak says. "There’s never been a season with less snow than we’ve had so far in 130 years of record keeping.
"This is ridiculous. But I’m not bummed, I’m baffled. This is absolutely baffling, when we had two of the five snowiest winters last year and the year before, followed by the least snowiest winter ever. And it’s not just in Kansas City, it’s everywhere all across the United States with a couple of exceptions – Denver and Boulder, Soutwest Texas and Seattle. Other than those the rest of the nation is way below average on snowfall."
The unthinkable, awful truth:
"If it continues," Lezak says, "it will be the first winter in Kansas City that you couldn’t make a snowman."