Wind Chill Advisory until 9am for Cloud and Republic counties
After our recent snow, bitter wind chills hit most of us hard Sunday through Monday. Clear and cold conditions were widespread. High pressure from Canada started to build across the region, and reinforcing shots of frigid air kept filtering into the state.
Today, some high clouds may head our way, but most keep frigid sunshine for the third consecutive day. Temps may be about 5 degrees above what we had early yesterday, but that won’t make much difference as our wind may be a little stronger. High temps only made the mid to upper teens over recent days, but we may see mid 20s this afternoon.
Greater Topeka Tuesday…Highs: 22-26
Wind: NW 12-22
Wind Chills: -5 to -15 early and 0 to 10 late
Mostly clear and frigid with the dominate high in place as extra waves of very cold air from Canada and the Arctic continue to head into Kansas. By tomorrow, the ridge will begin shifting eastward, so a south/southwest breeze should return to drive temps up slightly. This could lead to 30s and low 40s.
The melting of snow in the Wednesday into Thursday period will produce conditions suitable for developing late night and early morning fog. It will also melt snow, and make an already horrible pothole problem much worse.
Two systems enter the Central Plains in the coming days to increase precipitation chances. One upper wave may arrive Thursday. Light snow or mix can be expected. However, much of that may hug the Nebraska border. A stronger system should arrive late Friday into Saturday. This could have much warmer air to work with and rain is the likely precipitation type unless timing changes. There might be enough instability nearby for lightning and thunder from time to time. Sunday should be windy and slightly cooler.
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Another frigid day, but it becomes much warmer soon…
KSNT Meteorologist David George