Eventually the frontal system that we have been talking about, finally started pushing thorough central Kansas. The frontal system will continue push through eastern Kansas and through Missouri during the day on Friday.
This system developed as an area of low pressure known as a lee-side low along the front range of the Colorado Rockies. It moved out of Colorado and across extreme northwest Kansas into Nebraska during the day. The precipitation associated with the low basically has been limited to the northwest side of the low as it has Pacific moisture that has moved across the northern Rockies.
Basically the only effect of this system we will see is the colder temperatures and strong northerly winds. Temperatures on Friday will be their highest overnight and will slide as the front continues to moves off to the east. Overnight Friday, temperatures will fall into the low 30s. Combine those low temperatures with the gusty winds and we’ll see wind chills into the mid-20s.
Things begin to look up on Saturday, as high pressure will settle in and the winds will begin to diminish as the storm moves on into the Great Lakes region. Highs over the weekend will be near normal levels for this time of year.
We’ll see the development of a ridge over the weekend, which will allow for warming temperatures heading into the first part of Thanksgiving week. This, along with a free path from the Gulf of Mexico will allow for some moisture to move into the region to prime the atmosphere for the next system to pass through.
That system will pass into Colorado on Monday and initiate another lee-side low which will make a more direct path over Kansas as it heads in our direction. This will bring us a good chance for showers and even some isolated thundershowers after noon Tuesday. Those chances will continue into the evening hours Tuesday night.
Looking ahead at Thanksgiving, I see great weather for the holiday and traveling on Wednesday. Temperatures will be at or above normal for the latter part of next week.
Here’s your Quickcast –
Friday night – Clearing skies and cold. Lows in the lower 30s. Wind chill values into the mid-20s.
Saturday – Clear skies and chilly. Winds finally give us a break. Highs near 50.
Saturday night – Clear skies and colder. Lows in the mid-20s.
Sunday – Sunny skies and a bit warmer. Highs in the mid-50s.
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