The fire danger ramps up today, with fire weather watches and warnings in effect for southern Kansas, where they did not get as much snow earlier in the week. Under sunny skies, highs will be considerably warmer, getting into the 60s to near 70 along the southern border. South winds will gust to 35 mph in some locations, making any fire that starts tough to contain.
Skies will turn partly to mostly cloudy tonight, as our next storm system arrives in the area, with lows ranging from the lower 30s over the snowpack, to lower 40s near the KS/OK border.
We’ll see more clouds than sun statewide during the day Monday, as a storm system moves through dry. The best chance of any showers will be southeast of the Kansas Turnpike, with rain totals being a few hundredths of an inch at best. Highs will remain seasonal, though, ranging through the 50s.
Tuesday looks great, with lots of sunshine, highs will return to the 60s.
Our next chance for significant fire weather issues comes on Wednesday, with a front moving through the state, gusty winds, and higher temps ahead of it. Highs will range from the lower 60s northwest to mid 70s in south-central Kansas. South winds ahead of the front could gust to 35 mph.
Models continue to show another storm for the end of the week, but models continue to disagree on the placement and strength of the trof. It does have the potential to bring some beneficial rains to the area.
Another storm system could bring the first severe weather event to the region at the beginning of the following week. Stay tuned.