KSStorm.Info Briefing: March 2 & 3, 2022

Sunny skies and warm weather continues into the weekend, but gusty winds and low humidities will create dangerous fire conditions, especially Saturday.
Sunny Skies

The Kansas region will continue to be under the influence of high pressure through the remainder of the week, though, we’ll see winds shift from the northwest to the southeast with time as it translates east. Lows overnight, under starry skies, will be in the mid 30s to near 40.

More record highs are likely Thursday with a high in the mid 70s, though it’s entirely possible we see temps a few degrees higher than what we’re forecasting. The trend this week has been for temps to be 4-6 degrees warmer, so it would not be surprising to see 80s back in the area for the penultimate day of the workweek.

Friday could be a “warning track shot” as far as a third straight record high goes, with highs once again in the mid 70s. Record highs for the date are near 80. Fire danger will become an issue too, as south winds gust to 35 mph. The breeze stays up Friday night, with a mix of clouds and stars, temps will be unseasonably warm in the mid 50s.

During the midday period Saturday, a dryline will move across the state, turning skies mostly sunny and shifting winds to the west. This will create a dangerous fire situation, with highs in the mid 70s once again and tumbling humidities. Winds become northerly Saturday night, and stay blustery, as temps fall to near 30 by Sunday morning. We expect fire & wind products to be issued by the National Weather Service for the Friday and Saturday time periods and any outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

Focus then turns to the chance for much needed moisture late in the weekend. Both models agree on a second push of moisture beginning late Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday. Right now, it appears the greatest chances for more meaningful moisture will be east of the Kansas Turnpike, but stay tuned for updates.

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