Our latest drought monitor that was updated today shows even worse conditions across particularly southwestern Kansas, where Exceptional Drought is taking over.
And a day like today isn’t helping matters… We’re staying dry with unusually warm temperatures in the 80s and 90s.
We’re also dealing with gusty south winds again today, which is making the fire danger EXTREME, so please be cautious!
The winds will stay strong tonight though tomorrow, but they will actually be strongest on Saturday in western Kansas, where gusts up to 65 mph can be expected.
These gusty winds will arrive behind our next cold front. But first, this will bring the chance for storms Friday afternoon in our far eastern counties – though the bulk of the severe weather is expected to miss our region to the east. On the other end of the spectrum, northwest Kansas will see snow moving in as temperatures fall Friday into Saturday. Snow accumulations won’t be much, but blizzard-like conditions are anticipated with extreme winds in northern Kansas and southern Nebraska.
Wichita may see some flurries this weekend, but the main story will be the major drop in temperatures – from about 80° on Friday, to about 40° on Saturday… Yikes!
I’ll have more on how much snow we’re expecting this weekend, coming up on KSN News at Noon.
~Katie the Weather Lady