By Meteorologist Mark Larson
5:34 AM CDT, March 21, 2013
The calendar says spring has sprung but it looks like colder temperatures and wintry weather are coming back to Kansas over the next few days. Winter's return will also bring more, much needed moisture to our area too with the heaviest rain and snow expected this weekend.
Thursday will be gray and chilly under a cloudy or mostly cloudy sky with a few spotty showers, especially across south-central and eastern Kansas. Patchy drizzle will be possible for central and northern Kansas by afternoon. Highs will only be in the 40s except over the southwest where mid-50s will be possible.
Thursday night, we can expect more patchy drizzle or light rain. Bridges and elevated roads could get icy in spots around central and northern Kansas as temperatures dip just below freezing overnight.
Friday will be mostly cloudy again as another, stronger storm system, approaches from the west. Highs will be in the 40s.
Rain and snow will be possible Saturday morning, but by mid morning, it will all be snow for most of central and western Kansas. Accumulating snow is likely by Saturday afternoon in the west, and eventually, by Saturday night and early Sunday, snow will begin to cover the ground farther east.
Gusty winds will also accompany the snowfall causing blowing, drifting and reduced visibility in some areas from time to time so weekend travelers beware.
Wichita Area Forecast:
Today: Patchy a.m. drizzle; breezy, cooler. Wind: SE 15-25; gusty. High: 47.
Tonight: Patchy drizzle late, sprinkles/showers. Wind: SE/NE 10-20. Low: 33.
Tomorrow: Early light rain or a few showers then mostly cloudy and cool. Wind: NE 10-15. High: 46.
Tomorrow night: Showers/light rain late. Wind: NE/E 5-15. Low: 34.
Sat: High: 38 Cloudy and breezy with rain changing to snow.
Sun: High: 36 Low: 28 a.m. snow then mostly cloudy, windy and cold.
Mon: High: 42 Low: 24 Mostly cloudy.
Tue: High: 46 Low: 23 Partly cloudy to mostly sunny.
Wed: High: 51 Low: 26 Mostly sunny and mild.
Thu: High: 58 Low: 33 Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer.
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