The large ridge that was overhead since last weekend’s snow started moving east Wednesday. South wind kicked in on the back side of that departing air mass, and that lead to the warmer flow and some melting of snow.
An upper disturbance put snow just north of us early Thursday. Much of that fell in Nebraska, Iowa and northern Missouri. Temps stayed in the 30s early and reached the 40s for the afternoon. A sprinkle or two paid us a visit, and that will likely be the case through today as well.
Overnight showers and now patchy dense fog for some. Otherwise, mainly cloudy to overcast with a northeast breeze today. Not much sun should be expected until the approaching rainmaker blows across in roughly 18-24 hours.
Greater Topeka Friday… Highs: 43-46
Wind: N/NE 8-16
Potholes should become more of a problem in the coming days with the thaw we’re experiencing so drive very carefully. Rain mainly hits overnight so many of us may not even notice. It may become a prolonged period of rain on very wet ground from midnight, but it’s likely east of us by 6-8am Saturday. There might be enough instability nearby for lightning and thunder from time to time.
Once the system goes away, it should be very windy and slightly cooler as clouds gradually decrease from west to east. Another chance of rain should be expected with another disturbance by Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. This persistent pattern of low pressure areas will keep any cold air from spilling south so we probably stay much closer to average for temps. It is better than what we had several days ago, but it may not be the Spring Break pattern that most would like to see. Travel may be required.
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Have a good day and make it a great weekend…
KSNT Meteorologist David George