TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Despite a cold front it is crossing today, it will come out dry. It won’t bring much cloud cover to the area either, but it will bring wind shifting and increasing winds along with a wide range of temperatures. Tomorrow will be cool before warming up this weekend with highs around 15° above average for this time of year.
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Confidence is high on the general pattern through Monday, average Tuesday through Thursday, and looking low by Friday and Saturday. Models continue to struggle over precipitation details. He took a chance Monday night as models hold it southeast of I-35 out of the WIBW viewing area and took a chance Wednesday night due to a model that brought widespread rain to the area However the other two long range models are keeping the area completely dry so this prediction is by no means set in stone.
Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid upper 30’s near the Nebraska border with upper 40’s at about 50th near I-35. As the cold front pushes in this afternoon, temperatures can range from 60s near the Nebraska border to 100s south of I-70 at 5pm with obviously colder wind chill readings. W winds 5-10 mph ahead of the cold front, northerly winds gusty around 25 mph behind the front.
This evening: Clear. Lows will be 8 to 14. N winds 5-15 mph.
Tomorrow: Sunny. High mid 30’s to low 40’s. S winds 5-15 km/h.
Clouds increase Friday night, so lows could occur in the evening before the clouds act as a blanket to warm temperatures at dawn. Highs will be in the 50s on both Saturday and Sunday with gusts around 35 mph on Saturday and winds of 5-15 mph on Sunday.
Winds pick up again on Monday with highs likely reaching 60C in several areas with a cold front returning highs into the 40s and 50s Tuesday through Thursday. Patterns differ on Friday and Saturday with one model bringing much colder temperatures to the area than the other pattern so this will need to be monitored to see if the highs can end up stuck in the 30’s or stay in the 40’s or even into the 40’s. 50s.