Slight risk for strong storms in spots Wednesday; much cooler to end the week


A partly to mostly cloudy sky for tonight will go along with a south-southeast wind sustained at 5 to 15 mph. That will make it tough for temperatures to tumble much, with low temperatures only getting down into the upper 50s and lower 60s by daybreak.

It won’t be quite as sunny for Wednesday with passing clouds overhead at times, but the wind will be stronger. South and southeast winds will be sustained at 15 to 20 mph, but gusts could range between 25 to 40 mph at times. Even less dominating sunshine throughout the day on Wednesday, those warm gusts will still get high temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

The KSNT Storm Track weather team will be keeping a close eye on the sky late in the afternoon into the evening on Wednesday. It’s not a great shot, but enough ingredients could come together to support a few strong to severe thunderstorms. There’s still a few “ifs” and uncertainties regarding that set-up, but the slight potential for stronger storms to develop is there. The most likely area to see any strong storms will be the northwest corner of the region, especially between 6 and 11 pm. If any storms that do develop can muster up enough strength, the main threats would be for damaging wind gusts and hail.

Beyond that, temperatures will be kind of all over the place for Thursday morning as the cooler air just starts to work in. The western half of the region will start off the day in the 40s, with 50s and maybe even some low 60s further east. That cooler air will really spread in as the day progresses, with afternoon high temperatures trapped in the 40s and 50s.

Not only will it be cooler for Thursday, but the wind will still be strong, as well. Sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph, could gust upwards of 25 to 35 mph at times. While it won’t be the driest air in place Wednesday or Thursday, the high winds won’t make for ideal conditions for controlled burns.

Additional showers could clip spots north of I-70, especially further to the northwest and along the Kansas-Nebraska border, on Thursday. But, as temperatures fall into the 30s late in the evening into the overnight hours, any lingering precipitation could change over to some late season flurries.

Little to no snow accumulation is expected, but the best chance of seeing any sort of wintry precipitation will be further to the north and northwest, with the slight potential of flurries carrying over into early Friday morning.

Beyond that, any chance of rain, snow, or anything in between, will be well gone by Friday afternoon. Even with some breaks of sunshine for Friday, it will still be a bit breezy and cool with highs in the 40s and 50s.

More widespread 50s return for the weekend, but so does another chance of rain. Rain chances will increase for the second half of Saturday and into the night, before tapering off Sunday morning.

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