For the first time in several weeks, substantial rain is in the forecast for Wichita and the surrounding area.
Light rain is possible today in the metropolitan area, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said, and then the heavy stuff arrives late tonight and should persist through early Saturday morning.
Wichita could see two to three inches of rain by the time the system moves out of the region Saturday, Pearce said. That should be enough to ease the fire threat that has prompted burn bans in the Wichita area for the past week or more, she said.
“It'll definitely help,” Pearce said. “Things have been pretty dry. We’ll see how that makes an impact.”
Wichita averages only 1.82 inches of moisture in November, meaning that if current forecasts hold the metro area will get more than a month’s worth of rain in little more than a day.
But that isn’t expected to ignite any flooding concerns.
“With it having been so dry, it will just soak in,” Pearce said. “That’s what we expect.”
Highs today will climb into the upper 50s, forecasters say. East winds will touch double digits, but won’t be as gusty as the breezes were earlier in the week.
Lows will not fall far – only into the upper 40s – as the rain intensifies overnight. But there won’t be much of a warmup at all on Friday, with temperatures holding pretty steady in the upper 40s. Rain should continue throughout the day and into early Saturday morning, forecasters say.
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