We’re tracking near-record warmth over the next 36 hours. High temperatures will soar into the upper 70s this afternoon, making the week before Thanksgiving feel like the week after Labor Day. Our average high temperature for this time of the year is a meager 55°. Highs will be some 25° ABOVE that average today AND tomorrow. In fact, highs will be closer to 90° than they will be to seasonal standards throughout this stretch. Let that sink in for a second. And…it gets even warmer tomorrow.
Highs will touch 80° all over Eastern Kansas tomorrow. Our record high for November 17th is only 76° – we will easily shatter that benchmark. If you think today is windy – just wait for tomorrow. Mother Nature will turn 20-30 mph winds into 30-40 mph winds overnight. We haven’t felt winds that high in quite some time. Frankly, they’re a big reason why we’re unseasonably warm.
Friday once looked like a day where rare November thunderstorms would roll through. However, the extended forecast is changing with each passing day. We’ll still FEEL the effects of a strong autumnal cold front by the end of the week, but it will pass over our backyards without dropping any rain. Temperatures will plummet from near 80° on Thursday afternoon, to 25° by Saturday morning. So, yes, it’s a strong storm system – Northeast Kansas will simply be on the wrong side of it, in terms of rain chances. Lows will be in the 20s this weekend, with daytime temps stuck in the 40s. Highs might rebound into the lower 50s by Sunday afternoon, but that would be it.
Our next best chance for rain will actually wait until next week – with just days leading up to Thanksgiving. However, the timing looks just right where we’ll have dry skies for the holiday itself. Showers and storms will spread into our neck of the woods next Tuesday – from southwest to north east. All of the precip will fall as rain. Even though we’re in for a big cool-down this weekend, it still won’t be cold enough for snow or ice come next week. Recent computer models have the rain ending even before Wednesday, so we’ll likely have plenty of time to clear things out and dry things out for Turkey Day. There’s still some ‘wiggle room’ regarding next week’s weather-maker so stay tuned as we pinpoint the extended forecast in the coming days.
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Have a great day!
– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert