Suchan Says: Easter Weekend Forecast

Good Friday has been a beauty of a day outside of the frosty cold start we saw around the area.  Temperatures warmed nicely into the mid 50s to near 60 with plenty of sunshine.  The evening ahead looks solid as well with scattered passing clouds and dry weather.

Tonight we will see cloudiness spread into the area as a weak area of low pressure and an upper level disturbance approach.  An area of rain will develop across central Kansas and then spread into our skies by daybreak.  The middle of the day Saturday looks cloudy with patchy rain.  By late afternoon and into the evening there will be a decrease in the chance of rain as drier conditions build into the area.  It’s even possible a few breaks of sun fight through the clouds.

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Easter Sunday has a second area of low pressure taking a track further south compared to Saturday’s system.  This will put morning showers in the forecast for mainly the southern half of the viewing area.  It also appears this system will rapidly move east and out of the area allowing sunshine to gradually build in during the afternoon.

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Saturday Early Morning: Showers moving in

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Saturday Early Afternoon: Cloudy with patchy rain

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Saturday Late Afternoon – Early Evening: Mostly cloudy with leftover showers or a sprinkle

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Easter Sunday: Morning showers I-35 and areas to the southeast

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Sunday Afternoon: Increasing amounts of afternoon sunshine

Looking Ahead

Next week warms up again into the 60s and 70s before the next cold front punches in late Wednesday.  Scattered thunderstorms are possible as this front moves in and we will need to keep an eye them as a few could be heavy.  Cooler weather sets in the rest of the week.

Of more concern is the potential for a significant intrusion of early April Arctic air 9 – 12 days out.  Signals are remarkably strong on this pattern shift as a large ridge of high pressure builds into the western part of the country straight north into Alaska.  This will result in a deep trough developing across the eastern 2/3 of the country ushering in a very cold air mass.  IF this verifies… a damaging widespread freeze is likely and the Royals’ home opener Sunday will be mighty cold.

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Climate Prediction Center’s 8 to 14 day temperature outlook. Warmer out west into Alaska while rest of the country is well below normal

 

Chris Suchan
Chief Meteorologist
KCTV5/KSMO

Twitter:  @ChrisSuchanKCTV
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Chief-Meteorologist-Chris-Suchan-361521570703480/

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