Good Monday morning. It was nice to see SOME rain this weekend, even though we need more and we need it to cover more areas. So much going on this week with spring break underway for students and a lot of focus on basketball. This is also Severe Weather Awareness week for Kansas as we take time to get ready for the season ahead. This raises the question, what kind of season are we going to have? We will go into that later in the week.
Let's focus on what's going to be happening this week. BIG changes are going to catch some by surprise as colder weather makes a swift comeback to Kansas. It will be a gradual cool down throughout the week and by Friday, it should be cold enough for some snow.
Take a look at the maps. The late-week storm will be coming down the Rockies by Thursday/Friday time frame. Because this system approaches from the northwest, it's not likely to be a major storm. But it should have enough moisture to work with that some rain and snow is expected to return to the plains by Friday.
You can see the colder air on the forecast models by Friday. The colder temperatures are following the storm track down the Rockies with highs mainly in the 30s and 40s. March cold snaps don't last as long, and this one won't either. In fact, by the end of the weekend (Sunday, March 20), we should be back to near 60.
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week... who sees more thunderstorms, Kansas or Florida? The answer may surprise you, but it's actually Florida. We average about 50-60 stormy days in Kansas, while Florida can have 90-100. Because they are usually warm year-round, they get thunder almost anytime of the year. In Kansas, there are about 3 months out of the year where we don't get many thunderstorms.