Meteorologist Mark Larson says travel weather here in the central Plains will be excellent through Thanksgiving Day and temperatures will also be rising through Thursday.
We'll see lots of sunshine Tuesday with highs ranging from the mid 40s across the east to the mid 50s for western Kansas. Winds will shift to the south and could get gusty across western Kansas later in the day.
A sprawling area of upper-level high pressure will park over the central Plains though Thanksgiving Day insuring storm-free travel weather and highs in the 50s and lower 60s.
A weather-maker will move out into the central states Thursday night bringing light rain and showers to central and eastern Kansas Friday so you'll want to have your umbrella handy if you have early morning shopping plans.
Saturday should be dry but another fast-moving storm system is headed toward Kansas Saturday night and Sunday that will spread wintry weather across our state. Right now, it appears the west will see snow with a wintry mix changing to snow, and blowing snow, for central and eastern Kansas through Sunday evening.
Our Storm Team is still working on the exact timing, intensity and track of the Sunday system and we'll be refining all of these aspects of our forecast through out the rest of the week.
Regardless of how much moisture the weekend system brings it will certainly draw colder air back into our region with highs tumbling back into the 30s Sunday into early next week.
WICHITA AREA FORECAST:
Today: Sunny. Wind: S/SW 5-15. High: 51.
Tonight: Clear. Wind: SW/S 5-10. Low: 32.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Wind: S 5-15. High: 58.
Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Wind: S 5-15. Low: 37.
Thanksgiving: High: 60 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, very windy.
Fri: High: 59 Low: 46 AM showers then partly cloudy and windy.
Sat: High: 63 Low: 40 Mostly sunny; breezy.
Sun: High: 40 Low: 36 AM rain showers changing to snow. Windy.
Mon: High: 33 Low: 23 Turning sunny; windy.
Tue: High: 37 Low: 19 Partly cloudy.