Will Hurricane Rita have any effect on our weather? Josh Boustead, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says yes — and no. Another cold front is moving south that should arrive over Iowa and Nebraska on Saturday, but the front may be slowed from moving any further over Kansas and Missouri as Rita continues to push north. Boustead says direct impact from the massive hurricane will be negligible. He says there won’t likely be any rainfall or cloudiness but the cold front may be slowed down. Boustead says the big cold front that’s headed for the Midwest is -not- Rita’s fault. He says the cold front is part of a storm system that came down from Canada. While Hurricane Rita is going to be very destructive as it makes landfall in Texas and Louisana, Boustead says Midwesterners don’t need to be concerned about any fallout here. He says Rita will lose steam quickly once the warm waters of the ocean are no longer driving it. Landfall is expected late tonight.
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