A cold front has now moved through Kansas and it will keep our temperatures from getting as warm as they did yesterday. Wow! Almost 90 in much of northern Kansas late yesterday afternoon. The warm day felt pretty nice, but I think it's dangerous getting that warm this early in the season. Back in 2011, we hit 90 early in April, only to go on and have 40+ 100 degree days. I don't think any of us want that. One year ago today, we actually had some icy weather in Kansas today. Highs were in the 30s, so April can definitely throw us some curve balls like March normally does. The surface map posted here shows the front pushing through the region at 7:45 a.m. Hasn't done anything except change the winds around and it will keep things a little cooler.
This next maps shows a fast moving system coming from the northwest for Thursday night that could bring a few sprinkles or showers to the area. It's not very impressive. You are actually looking at the "spin" in the atmosphere, and it's something meteorologists look at everyday. It's part of the computer models that we analyze to figure out the forecast. It will zip through here overnight and if we are lucky, produce a little rain.
We still think the best chance for rain will come this weekend. The last map here shows the cold front position at 4 p.m. Sunday. Lots of rain and storms forming on the front. It still doesn't look like a severe weather setup, but there could be some small hail with the stronger storms. Northwest Kansas will be getting a cold rain behind the front with strong north winds. Rainfall amounts this weekend (where there are thunderstorms) could be close to an inch. The west won't get as much, but we will take anything we can get. Have a good Thursday.