Warmer weather, more beneficial rain chances ahead

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Happy first day of spring! We’re tracking some warmer weather the rest of the week. Believe it or not, but the 60s will be back tomorrow afternoon. However, if you’re up late tonight or early tomorrow morning – be sure to bundle up! Temps will plummet into the 20s and 30s by tomorrow morning. If you park outdoors – you’ll probably need that ice scraper to take care of the frost on your windshield. For what it’s worth – after tomorrow morning, frost will stay OUT of the extended forecast. The mornings are looking a bit too mild for frost as we close out the month of March next week. Don’t get too carried away just yet (we’ve had frosts in April and May before) but getting some early season planting/seeding might not be a bad idea.

Thursday still looks like the ‘pick of the week’ as high temperatures soar into the 70s. Expect wall-to-wall sunshine and warmer south breezes – helping to boost those highs on Thursday. Get out there and enjoy it because the rain will try to return Friday night. We can certainly use any moisture Mother Nature will throw at us this time of the year – as we still have drought statuses as far as the eye can see. Remember, our wettest 3-month period of the entire year is nearly upon us. Most of our moisture falls between April and June. However, if we want to pick up some bonus rain to avoid a major drought – we’ll have to keep picking up rain through late summer and the fall. That’s where we really fell behind last year to get to how dry we are right now. The last 6 months of 2017 were pretty dry across the Plains.

It’s a bit too early to talk specifics about the late-week and weekend rain chances. But it looks like more soaking rain could roll in Friday night and for the first half of Saturday. It will NOT be raining all weekend long, but another round of beneficial rain will try to move in late on Sunday. We might even have a couple thunderstorms passing through during that time too. As always – locally heavy amounts of rain are possible with some of those isolated thunderstorms. Temps will stay at/above our seasonal standards despite the increased cloud cover and rain chances this weekend. In fact, overnight temps will hover in the 40s – while daytime temps hangout in the upper 50s and lower/middle 60s. We’ll keep our eyes on the computer models as the weekend gets closer – so we can pinpoint when the rain will start and how much rainfall you should expect. Stay tuned.

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Have a great night!

 – KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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