A cold front today keeps us mild through the weekend
The winds have shifted from the northwest, a clear sign that the front is tracking across the region. Temperatures have begun the cooling process and will drop further through the rest of the work week before settling near normal this weekend. Lows tonight reach the 20s in the Northwest with the low 40s in Wichita.
A few sprinkles are likely to fall to the southwest on Thursday as the system organizes to our south. Rain chances are much better in Oklahoma, Arkansas and especially Texas.
We’ll get more clouds southward across Kansas since we’re closer to this system, but more sunshine will dominate to the north. Temps will prefer the 50s.
Friday morning will get off to a frosty start with temperatures in northern and western Kansas dropping below freezing. Conditions are expected to be milder in the Southeast around the Wichita metro. Dry conditions will prevail through the end of this week.
The fast motor of the system will be located on a deck with a limited amount of moisture. Saturday afternoon, rain or showers are possible north of I-70 in northwest Kansas. More rain will flourish eastward into northcentral and northeastern Kansas Saturday night. This also appears to track near and north of I-70, where locations along Kansas/Nebraska have a better chance of getting an intermittent rain chance.
Highs this weekend will be comfortably cool with most of the area in the 60s with overcast skies.
We will remain near the seasonal average during the next week as high pressure dominates the upper atmosphere.
With high atmospheric pressure, expect plenty of sunshine and above-normal temperatures. Average highs this time of year are in the upper 50s to lower 60s, so this will make for some comfortable days! Most of next week looks quiet until the most active setting arrives by the end of the following week.
Timing and path will be important, but the current model consensus eliminates the next noticeable system to the north and east of our viewing area. A strong system will come ashore along the West Coast near the middle of next week, but the soonest we might try to move our way will be in about 10 days. Rainfall now looks miserable for the next two weeks, which will exacerbate the ongoing drought.
KSN Storm Track 3 forecast from Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman:
Tonight: Partly cloudy to partly cloudy, breezy. Lo: 40 Wind: N 10-20
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy to partly cloudy. Hi: 57 Wind: N 5-15
Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy to mostly clear. Lo: 31 Wind: NW 5-15
Friday: Hi: 60 Low: 33 Mostly sunny.
Saturday: Hi: 61 Low: 37 Partly cloudy, breezy.
Sun: Hi: 64 Low: 37 Mostly sunny.
Monday: High: 66 Low: 41 Mostly sunny, and breezy.
Tuesday: Hi: 63 Low: 42 Mostly sunny, and breezy.
Wednesday: Hi: 65 Low: 44 Mostly sunny, windy.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman