We’re tracking very strong winds on tap today. South winds will roar at clips of 40+ mph. ‘Hold onto your hats’ is certainly an understatement today. These gusty winds continue to pump in unseasonably warm weather into our neck of the woods too. In fact, more temperature records will be shattered today…easily. Topeka’s record high temperature is ‘only’ 76° today. Highs will soar close to 80°…again. Believe it or not, upper 70s/lower 80s is actually a cool-down for Manhattan. The ‘Little Apple’ reached 85° on Wednesday afternoon. What month is it? What holiday is next week?
The strongest winds (and the warmest weather) will be along I-35 today. Places like Emporia and Burlington will be the warmest. These crazy winds won’t be leaving us anytime soon, either. In fact, tomorrow (Friday) will be even more windy for most places in E. Kansas. Compared to everywhere else, the winds will be pretty tame in N. Central Kansas today. Tomorrow – not so much. Winds will ‘back’ and become northwesterly tonight, as a potent cold front approaches. Our area will be on the ‘dry side’ of the storm system – meanwhile Nebraska, the Dakota’s and Minnesota will all receive an intense snowstorm/blizzard. It’s that time of the year where the weather starts to break in the Plains. Expect winds gusting close to 40 mph again tomorrow…including out west. Temperatures will be crashing throughout this same time period too. Daytime temps will be trapped in the 40s tomorrow, with winds chills (what it will actually feel like outside) in the 30s. If you’re keeping score at home – that’s a bout a 40° temperature change in 12 hours. We will FEEL that stark contrast.
The winds will finally let up by the weekend, but the ‘damage’ will already be done. Temperatures will bottom-out by Saturday morning – we’ll be waking up to lower 20s. Temps won’t reach the 50s again until Sunday afternoon. Strap in – the roller coaster ride is starting regardless if we’re ready or not! Sunshine will dominate the weekend and early next week. Highs will find themselves ‘above average’ once again on Sunday and Monday. Our next best chance for rain will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll watch a storm system move up from the Desert Southwest and bring lots of moisture with it. It will NOT be cold enough for snow around these parts, but showers and storms are likely next Tuesday and the first half of Wednesday. We should have plenty of time to dry things out AND clear things out by Turkey Day. Stay tuned.
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– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert