More sunshine today, raining on parades this weekend

We’re tracking an absolutely beautiful end to the work and school week. Expect tons o’ sun with highs in the lower 70s today. For some context, our average high temperature for this time of the year sits at 54°. Maybe you plan to watch the KU game on a back patio this evening, or maybe you are lucky enough to watch them court-side in KC – either way, it will be a beautiful night to enjoy the sights and sounds, wherever you are. Temperatures for tip-off will still be in the 60s! Get outside today and enjoy this gorgeous early March weather, as big changes arrive as early as tonight.

This is Kansas, after all, and the weather seems to change before we can even blink, sometimes. Clouds will quickly overtake Northeast Kansas overnight, with widespread rain following suit by daybreak tomorrow – effectively ending our flawless stretch of weekend weather (it had to end sometime). As of right now, the heaviest rain will move through (from south to north) during the morning hours of Saturday. Scattered showers and passing sprinkles will be likely throughout the afternoon. So, Topeka should be mainly dry by parade time tomorrow, (St. Patrick’s Day Parade – downtown at noon) with only a few lingering light rain showers. Pack the umbrellas and ponchos, just in case. The skies will remain fairly cloudy, throughout the day.

We’re also tracking a better chance for thunderstorms on Sunday – locally heavy rain likely later this weekend. Even with the numerous chances for rain around this weekend, it will NOT be a wash-out. Expect plenty of rain-free time with a few peeks of sunshine. Speaking of – we dry things out and completely clear things out early next week. We will also warm things up! Monday has a legitimate chance at being the warmest day of the year (so far). At this point, 80°+ does NOT look out of the question. After next week’s major warm-up, much cooler weather will spill into these parts. Highs will fall into the 50s (right where we should be for this time of year) by St. Patrick’s Day. Stay tuned.

Have a great day!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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