Mild today, colder tomorrow

Plenty of sunshine in the forecast again today, even with a cold front moving through the state. This front will move through dry, with just a few high clouds expected through the afternoon. Winds will be picking up across western Kansas through the afternoon, however central and eastern Kansas wind speeds should remain light. Temperatures will be colder tonight and Monday, as Canadian high pressure moves into Kansas. Overnight lows will drop into the teen and low 20s by daybreak. Highs on Monday will struggle to reach the upper 30s and low 40s, which is much closer to normal for late January (Wichita: 44 normal high).

A warm front develops and moves across Kansas on Tuesday. This system will produce gusty southerly winds and bring warmer weather back into the state. The warmer temperatures, gusty winds and dry conditions will increase the fire danger across southern Kansas. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for parts of SW-Kansas Tuesday, and may be expanded as conditions warrant. Wind gusts on Tuesday will be in the 30-40 m.p.h. range through late afternoon.

Another cold front and upper level disturbance will move into the Plains on Wednesday and Thursday bringing a chance of wintry weather to parts of Kansas. Our confidence in this system producing moisture in Wichita is pretty low, with western Kansas having the best chances of precipitation (snow) Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures will be colder behind this cold front with highs in the 30s and 40s Thursday through Saturday. Another, stronger weather system will move in on Sunday bringing an Arctic surge of cold air and the potential for wintry weather towards the end of the weekend. Highs Sunday will struggle to reach the 20s and low 30s.

Wichita Area Forecast:

Today: Sunny, a few high clouds by afternoon. Wind: W 5-15. High: 58.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Wind: N 10-15. Low: 21.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Wind: N 5-10. High: 42.

Monday night: Partly cloudy. Wind: SE 5-15; gusty. Low: 26.

Tue: High: 57 Mostly sunny, breezy
Wed: High: 58 Low: 37 Becoming partly cloudy
Thu: High: 41 Low: 29 Mostly cloudy and breezy, slight chance of light wintry mix
Fri: High: 36 Low: 18 Partly cloudy
Sat: High: 44 Low: 23 Partly cloudy, breezy
Sun: High: 32 Low: 22 Mostly cloudy and breezy, chance of light snow