*FIRE WEATHER WARNINGS IN EFFECT NEARLY AREA-WIDE UNTIL 7PM
We’re tracking much warmer weather across Northeast Kansas today (and tomorrow). The gusty southwest winds are back and when they combine with mid-March sunshine – afternoon temps will soar into the 70s. And that’s exactly what you should expect today. However, this spring-like warm-up comes with a bit of a price – high fire danger. It’s so dry across the Sunflower State that any day with gusty winds becomes dangerous for even the smallest fires to get out of control. Please do not throw cigarette butts out your car windows either. It’s littering and often times cigarette butts start the widespread fires. Just something to keep in mind – while it’s warm, windy and dry. In terms of temperatures – 70° is well above our average high of 55°. We’ll take the warmer weather though – the last few mornings (and some afternoons) have been pretty chilly. Who remembers the 30s and 40s on Sunday?!
We’ll watch the skies cloud over by tomorrow afternoon. But before they do, highs will climb into the 70s…again. Recent computer models are still suggesting much-needed rain showers and a couple isolated thunderstorms are possible as early as Thursday night. However, the best chance for rain this week still looks to be on Friday. We’re expecting a fairly widespread half inch of rain, with locally heavier amounts possible – especially with some passing thunderstorms. The late-week rain chances will NOT bust the drought, but ever little bit of moisture counts. It’s certainly encouraging that we’re getting a few more rain chances into the extended forecast, though. Maybe it shouldn’t be too surprising either because Spring 2018 (starts March 20th) is less than a week away and April-June is our wettest 3 month period of the year! We have a lot of catching up to do because it has been very dry for the better part of the last 6-9 months – but it’s doable with spring just around the corner.
With those late-week rain chances looming – temps will be a bit cooler heading into St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Expect 40s and 50s on Friday with gloomy skies – as the rain rolls through. We should still have plenty of time to dry things out and even clear things out by Saturday. That means bountiful blue skies and smiling Irish eyes everywhere – as the St. Patrick’s Day forecast looks clear and seasonal, with those highs in the middle/upper 50s. Be safe and responsible this weekend – but also enjoy the nice weather. No chance for snow during the parade or the festivities this year! Gazing deeper into the crystal ball shows us a couple more rain chances heading into early next week. It’s still way too early to talk specifics though. As of right now – it looks like the clouds build back in Sunday afternoon/evening with rain chances into Monday morning. We’ll fine-tune the 7-Day Forecast as the next few days unfold. Stay tuned.
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Have a great day!
– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert
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