The strong storm system that brought winds gusting to 60-65 m.p.h. yesterday has moved east into the Mississippi Valley this morning, winds have relaxed and high pressure continues to build in from the north. This means, quiet weather on tap for St. Patrick's day with light winds, cooler temperatures and plenty of sunshine. A great day for outdoor fun, just cool enough for a jacket if you are headed downtown to check out the St. Patrick's Day Parade that starts at Noon in the Delano District. Highs this afternoon will top out in the low 60s for Wichita, with warmer temperatures expected across western Kansas.
Tonight under clear to partly cloudy skies, temperatures will drop into the 40s by 9 P.M. and into the 30s and low 40s by early morning Sunday. Clouds will be on the increase Sunday as another weather disturbance takes aim on Kansas. Clouds will thicken, with rain shower and storm chances increase through the afternoon. Strong to severe storms are possible by late day into the evening hours. At this time, the strongest storms are expected to develop after 5 P.M. in SW-Kansas and should move into central KS during the evening and overnight. Damaging wind gusts of 60-70 m.p.h. remain the main threat, however hail to 1" in diameter are also possible. The threat for a tornado or two is also possible between 6-8 P.M., however is not the primary weather threat with this weather system. Scattered showers and storms will continue overnight through Monday morning. Rain will chance to light snow in extreme northwest Kansas and will continue into Monday morning too.
On the back side of this weather system on Monday, scattered showers and a few rumbles of thunder will remain possible through the afternoon, however areal coverage of precipitation will diminish from west to east through the afternoon. Rainfall amounts will generally range from 0.25" to as much as 1", with the heaviest amounts expected across central and northern Kansas. Just about everyone has a chance of some beneficial rainfall through Monday. Expect the winds to pick up on Monday and become gusty from the north. Cooler air will also move into Kansas with highs in the 40s and 50s. By mid-week, temperatures will rebound into the 60s with 70s possible Thursday into Friday. Dry weather will return Tuesday through Friday.
Wichita Area Forecast:
Today: Sunny, less wind. Wind: N 5-15. High: 63
Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Wind: E 5-10. Low: 40.
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy, showers/storms possible by afternoon. Wind: E 10-15; gusty. High: 64.
Sunday night: Showers and storm likely. Wind: E 10-15; gusty. Low: 44.
Mon: High: 52 Scattered showers and storms, windy.
Tue: High: 53 Low: 35 Decreasing clouds, breezy.
Wed: High: 59 Low: 30 Sunny to partly cloudy.
Thu: High: 66 Low: 34 Mostly sunny, breezy.
Fri: High: 76 Low: 47 Partly cloudy, breezy.
Sat: High: 68 Low: 50 Partly cloudy.