Extreme fire danger continues, rain chances are slim

Extreme fire danger again today as gusty southerly winds and dry conditions are creating favorable conditions for wild fires and grassland fires, especially across western Kansas. A Red Flag Warning is in place from Noon to 7 P.M. Wind gusts to 40-50 m.p.h. will be possible. Gusty winds this morning have pushed clouds into central Kansas. Sunny skies will dominate the west, while cloudy to mostly cloudy skies hang around for central and eastern Kansas. Highs today will reach the 60s and 70s to near 80 in western Kansas. There is a slight chance of showers this afternoon, with better chances of showers and even a few thunderstorms tonight as a cold front moves through the region.

The cold front will move through the state tonight and may trigger additional showers and storms. A few storms may be strong, however severe weather is not expected at this time. Precipitation amounts will remain less than 0.25", with the higher amounts in extreme eastern Kansas.

The front should be exiting Kansas during the early morning hours on Monday. Skies will clear and the wind will howl. A High Wind Watch is in place across western and northern Kansas for Monday as wind gusts may approach 60 m.p.h. This will create blowing dust at times, and the fire danger will also be extremely high statewide.

Dry and cooler weather (closer to normal for early March) will prevail through Wednesday. A warming trend is expected Thursday into the weekend. Our next chance of moisture comes over the weekend, with scattered showers and storms possible Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

Wichita Area Forecast:

Today: Mostly cloudy, windy. Slight chance of showers this afternoon. Wind: S 20-30; gusty. High: 63.

Tonight: Isolated showers and storms. Wind: S/SW 15-25; gusty. Low: 42.

Monday: Sunny, windy and cooler. Wind: NW 20-30; gusty. High: 59.

Monday night: Mostly clear, wind diminishing. Wind: W 10-15; gusty. Low: 32.

Tue: High: 51 Mostly sunny, windy.
Wed: High: 49 Low: 26 Sunny, a bit breezy.
Thu: High: 58 Low: 24 Sunny.
Fri: High: 67 Low: 36 Mostly sunny, warmer.
Sat: High: 65 Low: 41 Mostly cloudy, late day and overnight showers possible.
Sun: High: 50 Low: 35 Mostly cloudy, scattered showers.