On Ronelle’s Radar: Temperatures & storm chances rise

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Patchy clouds moving in from the west and a southerly breeze this morning are giving us a mild start to the day with temperatures in the upper 40s to 50s.

Winds will pick up even more out of the southwest after sunrise, reaching 15 to 30 mph. This will cause a high fire danger due to dry surface conditions, warm temperatures, and the gusty winds. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged. Our warm-up continues as highs reach the 70s with 80s possible in portions of Western Kansas.

Once we get into the afternoon there’s a chance of an isolated shower or storm. A Marginal Risk of severe weather extends from the Oklahoma Panhandle into Southwestern Kansas and into Central Kansas. Any storm that develops could turn severe with a threat of large hail. Strong gusts and heavy rain are also possible.

This storm chance will linger into the evening and any showers or storms around after sunset should gradually weaken and fizzle out.

We’ll have another chance of a few showers and storms through Thursday. Most will favor Central and Eastern Kansas with a few on the strong side being possible again.

Rain and storms turn widespread Thursday night and Friday. We’ll have to continue to monitor the threat of severe weather because there could be some stronger storms Friday closer to Southeastern Kansas.

Friday evening and night it’s still looking like the Kansas/Nebraska line will be the divider between rain and snow showers. Our northernmost counties will see lows close to freezing and with some moisture available there could be some rain/snow showers around. As much as a trace is possible along the state line but most snow will likely mix with rain.

We’ll dry out by sunrise Saturday morning but it’ll be a much cooler weekend as highs fall into the 50s. The start of the new work week will be quiet, mild, and dry. Unsettled skies look to make a return by the middle of next week.

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