More unusually mild weather is expected Tuesday with increasing clouds and gusty winds. Strong winds, low humidity and warm afternoon highs in the low to mid-70s will mean a high fire danger for parts of Kansas.
A cold front will slip into central Kansas by late afternoon switching winds around to a northerly direction. Wednesday a strong storm system moving out of the Rockies will spread rain over much of the area. The rain will change to heavy wet snow over western Kansas during the afternoon. Right now it appears snowfall totals of up to 3 inches will be possible for parts of west-central and northern Kansas by Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday's highs will only be in the 40s and 50s and along with strong northerly winds, the rain and snow, it feel even more uncomfortable. The ground is still fairly warm so most roads will remain wet but some slick spots could develop overnight. No snow is expected for the Hutchinson or Wichita areas.
Look for clear skies, dry weather and cool temperatures Thursday.
Wichita Area Forecast:
Today: Sunny-partly cloudy, breezy, warm. Wind: S 15-25; gusty. High: 77.
Tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Wind: S/SE 5-15. Low: 50.
Tomorrow: Turning cloudy, windy and colder with rain likely. Wind: SE/N 20-30; gusty. High: 53 - falling 40 by 4 p.m.
Tomorrow night: Rain ends then cloudy, colder. Wind: N/NW 10-20; gusty. Low: 30.
Thu: High: 54 Becoming sunny but chilly.
Fri: High: 64 Low: 31 Mostly sunny, windy and warmer.
Sat: High: 66 Low: 46 Becoming partly cloudy and windy.
Sun: High: 57 Low: 35 Mostly sunny and breezy.
Mon: High: 63 Low: 41 Partly cloudy; late night storms possible.
Tue: High: 55 Low: 44 Cloudy and cooler with scattered showers.