By Meteorologist Dean Jones
5:42 AM CST, February 17, 2013
Don't get to use to the warmth, but enjoy it, while it lasts. Spring-like weather statewide today with sunshine and a few high clouds by afternoon. It will not be a perfect day in Kansas mainly due to the gusty wind. Temperatures will be well above normal for mid-February, as highs reach the 60s and even low 70s for most of Kansas. Thanks to the drought, combined with the warmth and wind, an extreme fire danger will be the concern over central and western Kansas by afternoon.
The warmth won't last long, as a cold front will pass through Kansas tonight into early Monday morning. Highs on Monday will cool back to the 40s and lower 50s, accompanied by gusty northwest winds.
Tuesday's weather looks tranquil, before a west coast system moves toward Kansas for the Wednesday and Thursday. Gusty winds will transport moisture into the region, providing a chance of showers and storms in the warmer air over central and eastern Kansas. In the colder part of the system in northern and western Kansas, a wintry mix and snow is possible, with some blowing snow as strong winds develop with this storm. Stay tuned to further updates on this system over the next few days, as the details and the forecast path become more certain.
Wichita Area Forecast:
This Afternoon: Sunny to mostly sunny, breezy and much warmer. Wind: S 10-20; gusty. High: 64.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Wind: S 10-15. Low: 39.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy and cooler. Wind: W/N 10-20; gusty. High: 50.
Monday night: Mostly clear and cold. Wind: N/NE 5-10. Low: 23.
Tue: High: 47 Mostly sunny but cool.
Wed: High: 45 Low: 28 Increasing clouds and windy; rain showers developing and continuing overnight with a few rumbles possible.
Thu: High: 47 Low: 36 Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy and windy with showers and storms likely.
Fri: High: 38 Low: 22 Partly cloudy.
Sat: High: 40 Low: 24 Becoming mostly cloudy.
Sun: High: 45 Low: 29 Mostly cloudy.
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