After experiencing so many days in December above 50 degrees, it was a shock to turn so much colder last Friday and Saturday. Now, we get a bigger jolt because a stronger cold front crossed Northeast Kansas last night.
Yesterday started with rain and patchy mix from Emporia to Topeka to St. Joseph. Raindrops and snowflakes continued into midday and we also saw a few flurries and snow showers along the boundary as it blew through. Today, scattered flurries are possible and cloud cover might be a bit stubborn. Wind should be north/northwest at 15-25mph which will certainly add to the big chill.
Greater Topeka New Year’s Day…
Wind Chills: 5-10
Wind: NW 15-25
Bundle up for the next 12-24 hours, but not to fear since the bitter air won’t linger long. High pressure will begin to dominate Wednesday and Thursday for abundant sunshine. Temps will moderate Thursday to Saturday as the wind direction becomes more favorable for pulling in warmer air to our south.
A weak disturbance may try to brush the area Thursday, but moisture likely won’t have enough time to return. It looks incredibly pleasant Friday and Saturday if the wind doesn’t pick up much. Highs at that point may be between 52-55 degrees. Moisture will likely increase by Sunday which could lead to widely scattered rain showers into early Monday.
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Too cold to do much outdoors today. Happy New Year to you and yours!
KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist David George