The warmer pattern these past few days has caused plants, animals, birds and insects to become more active. Tree pollen will be at extremely high levels for 2-3 weeks minimum. Moisture has also worked into the region so with higher dew points you may think it’s a tad humid this afternoon.
A strong low pressure came onto the California coast Monday, and it’s approaching the Central Rockies now. That system gradually heads toward us throughout the day with the west to east upper flow. Showers and storms likely develop Wednesday afternoon to our south/southwest. Many storms should move up from Oklahoma City and Wichita.
Variably cloudy to cloudy today. South wind for most, but it will become northwesterly for areas west of Manhattan by early evening. The likely time for strong (and possibly severe) storms begins at 6-8pm and runs to a 10pm-midnight time frame.
Greater Topeka Wednesday…
Wind: S/SW 15-30
The system brings a chance of strong to severe thunderstorms across northeast Kansas this evening. The biggest threat appears to be larger hail and/or damaging wind. We will monitor and keep you posted.
Rain should be expected early Thursday. Scattered showers may develop in the cooler, unstable air on the storm system’s backside. High temperatures could be 20-25 lower as air from Canada gets pulled south. It will not be the significant drop that we endured late last week, and numbers should stay well above freezing Thursday night and Friday night.
We start warming Friday with more sun. Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer Saturday. Easter may be partly sunny with a slight chance for afternoon t’storms. Temperatures will gradually warm so expect it to be about 10-12 degrees above normal.
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Scattered storms likely arrive between the evening commute and sunset…
KSNT Meteorologist David George