A cold start to our morning across Kansas, with many areas experiencing record low temperatures. Temperatures dipped into the teens and 20s, with wind chills in the single digits and teens at sunrise.
Expect a breezy day, however wind speeds and gusts will be considerably less than yesterday. Sunshine will dominate the western parts of Kansas, while clouds will be slower to break in the eastern part of the state. It will be chilly for mid April with highs only reaching the 40s and 50s, with a few low 60s in southwest Kansas.
Canadian high pressure moves into Kansas tonight, winds will slacken and skies will clear. Temperatures will tumble into the 20s, with more record lows possible by early morning. So keep the plants covered or indoors, as temperatures will drop into the low to mid 20s for parts of central Kansas and may cause damage to tender vegetation.
Gloves and winter coats will be needed on Monday morning, however sunshine and winds turning to the south by afternoon, spell warmer weather for everyone. Highs will reach the 60s and 70s, with a few 80 degree readings possible in southwest Kansas. The warming trend continues on Tuesday with highs in the 70s and 80s, before a cold front pushes through Tuesday night.
Cooler, Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 60s and low 70s. A good chance of rain and storms headed into Kansas by the end of the week, with a potent weather system moving into the central Plains. Right now, Kansas looks to remain on the "cool-wet" side of the storm system. Some of our forecast models are even showing a heavy rain potential through Saturday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-2" may be possible. Cooler temperatures Friday and Saturday with highs in the 50s and 60s.
Wichita Area forecast:
Today: Morning clouds, then sunny and breezy. Wind: NW 20-25; gusty. High: 48.
Tonight: Clear. Wind: N 5-15. Low: 26.
Monday: Sunny. Wind: NE/S 5-10. High: 64.
Tomorrow night: Mostly Clear. Wind: SE 5-15. Low: 47.
Tue: High: 85 Mostly sunny, much warmer and breezy.
Wed: High: 68 Low: 49 Sunny and windy.
Thu: High: 68 Low: 40 Sunny. Clouds move in overnight.
Fri: High: 63 Low: 46 Mostly cloudy, windy with scattered showers likely, a few PM storms.
Sat: High: 58 Low: 49 Showers possible, a few rumbles, breezy.
Sun: High: 65 Low: 42 Decreasing clouds.