Suchan Says: Look Ahead to Weekend

Yet another very warm March day is ahead Friday with mostly sunny skies and a breeze from the east to southeast.  Temperatures should easily push to near 70 after a chilly start around 43!

Any rain chance Friday is slight and mainly just before midnight.  A better chance of scattered showers will push into the area after midnight and linger through sunrise before gradually dissipating.

I certainly do not see a washout Saturday and in fact, breaks of a little sun may work their way through the cloudiness during the afternoon.  That said, I will hold on to an isolated sprinkle or rain shower through the remainder of the day.  Temperatures will push into the mid to possibly upper 60s if we see breaks of sun.

Here are a series of Forecast Track panels highlighting the above forecast from Friday through Saturday.


Sunny and Warm Friday!


Friday late evening… clouds increasing with a slight chance of a sprinkle or shower before midnight


Scattered rain showers Friday night into early Saturday


Saturday late morning… cloudy with a 30% chance of showers


Saturday late afternoon into the evening… 20% – 30% chance of sprinkles or a pop up shower

Sunday is a decent day in the end but it does have scattered clouds along with warm, humid conditions.  Highs should reach into the lower 70s.  I fully expect to see pop up showers or a couple weak thunderstorms as the combination of warmth and humidity with a weakening upper low in the area should develop weak instability across the area.

Any chance for stronger storms should stay well south of the viewing area where stronger lift is noted in forecast computer modeling as a strong disturbance passes across northern Arkansas.

Long Range Forecast

There are strong signs the pattern will shift late next week with the jet stream buckling south in the middle of the country.  This will allow for colder air from Canada to spill south into next weekend.  There will be a risk for frost or freeze conditions in our area in this pattern and even a random snow flurry is possible.


Colder pattern to set in late next week

Chris Suchan
Chief Meteorologist

Twitter:  @ChrisSuchanKCTV


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