Precipitation is occurring over central to western KS into western OK. Some mid an high level cloud cover is starting to spread into the area out ahead of this system. The main polar jet was still up in Canada with upper ridging currently over the area ahead of the southern stream low. This was aiding in temperatures once again rising into well above
normal territory with readings in the mid to upper 50s early this afternoon. Dew points were in the mid 20s to low 30s with RH values in the 30s and 40s once again. Some wind gusts have popped up briefly up to 20 to 25 mph, but have generally held between 10 to 15 mph. This has resulted in some spotty elevated fire weather conditions.
Friday: Cloud cover will continue to increase tonight over the area, mainly in the mid an upper levels, but some low level moisture will start to creep into the local area Friday morning. Will probably start to see some light rain developing during the morning on Friday. Rain chances will increase during the afternoon.
Rain chances are expected to expand eastward on Friday night as the southern stream low moves directly over the area. At the same time, a northern stream low is expected to
start dropping southeast from the northern plains which will likely move into the area behind the southern stream low on Saturday. Most of this energy should shift into the area and push the precipitation to the east of the forecast area on Saturday evening. Overall rainfall amounts from a tenth to quarter of an inch are expected for most locations, with some potential of up to a half inch in the southwest corner of
Missouri into extreme southeast Kansas.
Saturday: After a brief period of cooler temperatures with highs in the 40s on Saturday into early next week, upper ridging will build back into the area and we should see highs back in the 50s by the middle of next week.
Warmer than normal temperatures are expected to continue into the 8 to 14 day extended outlook.