Temperatures today have been well above the norm in the 70s and 80s. Clear skies will stick around through tomorrow before big changes arrive on Wednesday.
A potent storm system is lining up to bring gusty winds, a high fire danger, the potential for severe thunderstorms, snow AND a widespread frost/freeze to the state.
Overnight, it will be mild in the 40s and 50s.
Widespread 80s are on tap for Tuesday with a strengthening southerly wind.
An intensifying low pressure system will slide across northern Kansas and southern Nebraska this Wednesday. Winds will be sustained between 20 and 40 MPH with gusts above 50 MPH. A High Wind Watch is in effect for our southwestern communities. A sliver of counties along the KS/CO state line are under a Fire Weather Watch along with the Oklahoma Panhandle.
There is a chance for severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening across northern Kansas. A Slight Risk is posted, highlighted in yellow. All forms of severe weather are possible in this area and something to keep a close eye on as we get closer.
Temperatures will also drop as the front comes through. There will be enough moisture on the back side to produce snow. Accumulation is likely in NW Kansas and SW Nebraska. This is why a Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through much of Thursday.
Overnight lows once this passes will be in the 20s and 30s. A frost is likely in Wichita with other parts of the state seeing a hard freeze. If you have plants and flowers that are sprouting, it’s a good idea to cover them up later this week.
There is another system pegged for Saturday that will bring another taste of winter with a wintry mix expected to affect western Kansas with the Wichita area picking up rain with a few snowflakes thrown in.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman