Sunny skies ahead for St. Pat’s Day

Is it spring or is it winter? These bulbs in Kansas City, Kan., seem a bit confused about the season — and have decided to come up in winter. Spring officially begins Thursday, March 20. The high could be 57 degrees Monday, March 17.

Sunny skies are forecast today for St. Patrick’s Day.

The high will be 57 with clear skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were 24 degrees at 8 a.m.

A south wind of 7 to 16 mph will gust as high as 24 mph today.

With warmer temperatures and windier weather, there will be an elevated fire danger this afternoon, according to the weather service.

Light rain is possible Tuesday night. To the north of the Kansas City area, snow is possible Tuesday.

Cold weather moves in Sunday

Cold weather has moved into the Wyandotte County area, with temperatures to reach a high of only 35 degrees today.

A light dusting of snow on lawns, less than a half-inch, greeted Wyandotte County residents this morning.

It followed rain and a thunderstorm on Saturday night.

At 11 a.m., a radar map showed storm clouds from Joplin to Marshall, Mo., southeast of the Kansas City area.

The rest of Sunday’s weather will be mostly cloudy and mostly sunny skies.

The weather on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, will warm up a bit, to 55 degrees, the weather service said.  Sunny skies are predicted. Winds will be 5 to 14 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Tuesday, temperatures may climb to 64 degrees with mostly sunny skies. Winds will be 13 to 17 mph, and will change from the south to the west in the afternoon, gusting up to 26 mph.

Wednesday will drop back to 54, while Thursday’s forecast is sunny and 64.

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Snow possible Sunday, according to weather service

Winter returns to the area on Saturday night and Sunday, accompanied by high winds and possible light snow. (National Weather Service graphic)

A few showers and thunderstorms may bring rain and snow to Wyandotte County today, according to the National Weather Service.

It will be half as warm Sunday as it was Saturday.

A strong cold front will push southward through the area tonight with strong winds developing behind the front, the weather service said.

Winds could gust as high as 45 mph before the front.

Temperatures also will drop quickly, allowing a transition from rain to snow to occur from north to south tonight.

There will likely be a period of sleet as well during the transition.

Most areas will see less than an inch of snow from this storm.

At 6 p.m., storm clouds were in the Topeka, Manhattan, Leavenworth and Emporia, Kan., areas.

Before 5 a.m. Sunday, rain showers are likely.

The weather service forecast shows a slight chance of thunderstorms at 9 p.m. Saturday, showers likely at midnight, then rain likely at 3 a.m.

After 5 a.m., rain and sleet are likely. The weather service forecast shows snow likely at 6 a.m. Sunday, chance of snow at 9 a.m., slight chance of wintry mix at noon, slight chance of rain and snow from 2 to 3 p.m.,  and mostly cloudy skies at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The high Sunday will be near 36.