Grass fire threat remains high

Published: Mar. 5, 2017 at 9:09 AM CST
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Clouds and patchy drizzle this morning in parts of southern Kansas, is helping relieve the extreme fire danger in some areas, however most of western Kansas still under a Red Flag Warning. Gusty south winds again today, gusts approaching 40-45 m.p.h. More sunshine for western Kansas with mostly cloudy skies for central and eastern Kansas. Highs this afternoon will range from the 60s in eastern, to the lower 80s in the west.

The strong winds will continue tonight and Monday as a cold front moves into the Plains. The front will move through Kansas during the afternoon shifting the winds to the west and northwest. Strong storms, some severe may develop during the evening hours across southeast Kansas. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary threats. Expect a wide range of temperatures on Monday, ranging from the upper 50s in the northwest to near 80 in the southeast.

Behind the front cooler temperatures are on tap for Tuesday with highs in the 50s and 60s. Our next chance of rain comes on Friday night and Saturday morning

Wichita Area Forecast:

Today: Mostly cloudy and windy. Wind: S 20-30; gusty. High: 68.

Tonight: Cloudy, patchy drizzle by morning. Wind: S 20-25; gusty. Low: 57.

Monday: Morning clouds, drizzle, then mostly sunny, windy. Wind: SW 20-25; gusty. High: 79.

Monday night: Becoming mostly clear. Wind: NW 10-20; diminishing. Low: 34.

Tue: High: 63 Sunny, breezy and cooler.

Wed: High: 70 Low: 32 Sunny.

Thu: High: 74 Low: 45 Mostly sunny.

Fri: High: 75 Low: 49 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, breezy. Overnight shower possible.

Sat: High: 70 Low: 49 A.M. shower, then mostly sunny.

Sun: High: 70 Low: 48 Partly cloudy, breezy.