Wichita weather: Some welcome rains should soak region

Parched portions of southern Kansas should receive a welcome soaking over the next couple of days, forecasters say.

A storm system moving through the state will collide with abundant Gulf moisture, bringing snow to the northwest and central parts of the state. The southern and eastern portions should see only rain, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Caruso said.

Wichita could see about two inches of rain by the time the system pushes through Tuesday night, he said. Areas south and east of Wichita could see even more.

“Let's hope the higher end of that range pans out,” Caruso said. “We need it so bad.”

Highs today should reach the mid-60s in Wichita, with winds shifting from the northeast to southeast and blowing steadily in the teens. An occasional gust may hit 20 miles an hour.

Overnight lows as the rain continues will slide into the mid-50s, and temperatures will stay there through the day Tuesday as rains continue. The cold front could change rain to snow in central Kansas late Tuesday afternoon in Great Bend and Hays, Caruso said, and it will drop overnight lows in Wichita to the mid-30s.

Wednesday should see sunshine return, with a high in the low 50s.

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