Spring break in the Wichita area is likely to get off to a soggy start next week, forecasters say.
“Monday and Tuesday, we’re looking at some stormy weather – possibly some locally heavy rainfall,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Caruso said. “You can’t rule out some severe weather.”
Computer models suggest some areas could receive 4 to 6 inches of rain as a strong front collides with abundant moisture over the Great Plains. Persistent cloud cover may inhibit instability in the atmosphere, reducing the risk for tornadoes.
What it means for families mapping out plans for spring break is a heavy dose of indoor activities early, before things begin to dry out later in the week.
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The good news is the warmer-than-normal temperatures should stick around throughout spring break, Caruso said. Skies should begin to clear by next Wednesday.
“We’ve definitely trended toward spring” lately, Caruso said. “We’re not seeing anything on the horizon that indicated that’s going to change.”
Record temperatures are being set throughout the Great Plains and Midwest this month. Russell hit 85 on Tuesday, shattering the old mark for March 13 by 5 degrees.
Wichita reached only 78 on Tuesday, falling short of the record. But even that was more than 20 degrees above normal for this time of year, Caruso said.
Gardeners may be heartened by other news, too.
“I don’t see any freezing temperatures on the horizon,” Caruso said.
Snow has fallen in April in Wichita. Lows in the 20s have been recorded as late as May 4. And Caruso said he’s not ready to declare winter is in the rear-view mirror.
But weather patterns are doing little to discourage that suspicion, he said.