Cooler but still "nice" this weekend

A cold front moved through Kansas overnight bringing showers and even thunderstorms to mainly southeast Kansas. Rainfall amounts were generally less than 0.25". Wichita and most of the viewing area missed out on much needed rainfall.

High pressure, behind the cold front will build into Kansas today, resulting in less wind and plenty of sunshine. Even though temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday's 60s, the lower wind speeds will produce a very nice day for late January. Highs will reach the 50s statewide, with winds speeds less than 15 m.p.h. A cold night with temperatures in the 20s by early morning Sunday. Another cold front will move through the state Sunday with even colder temperatures expected to move in Sunday night into Monday. Highs Sunday will reach the 40s and 50s, with 30s and 40s expected on Monday.

The cool down will be short-lived with southerly winds returning on Tuesday. The combination of gusty southerly winds, low humidity and warmer temperatures will increase the fire danger Tuesday for most of southern Kansas. Another weather system is waiting in the wings and will move across Kansas on Wednesday into Thursday, bringing the potential for winter weather and moisture. It's still too early to pinpoint exactly who will receive snowfall and how much will fall, however confidence is increasing that snow accumulations will be possible across parts of western Kansas Wednesday night into Thursday. A light wintry mix is possible for Wichita, mainly on Thursday. Much colder weather is headed our way towards the end of the week into next weekend.

Wichita Area Forecast:

Today: Sunny. Wind: NW 5-10. High: 57.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Wind: NW 5-10. Low: 27.

Sunday: Sunny. Wind: SW/NW 5-15. High: 54.

Sunday night: Mostly clear. Wind: N 5-15. Low: 22.

Mon: High: 42 Mostly sunny
Tue: High: 57 Low: 26 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy
Wed: High: 59 Low: 40 Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy
Thu: High: 42 Low: 28 Mostly cloudy, breezy. Slight chance of wintry mix
Fri: High: 36 Low: 17 Becoming mostly sunny
Sat: High: 42 Low: 15 Partly cloudy, breezy