Weekend weather to be warm and windy

Look for snow to melt today as the National Weather Service forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 56.

A south southwest wind of 10 to 14 mph today will include gusts as high as 20 mph, according to the weather service. Tonight’s low will be 36.

Saturday, the temperature may rise to a spring-like 68 degrees, the weather service said, with south southwest winds from 8 to 11 mph. Saturday night, the low will be around 40.

On Sunday, there will be sunny skies with a high near 56, and northwest wind of 7 to 10 mph, as a cold front moves into the area, according to the weather service. Sunday night, the low will be 31.

Monday, look for a high near 48 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said. Monday night’s low will be near 33.

Tuesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 58, according to the weather service. The low will be around 35 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a high near 42, as another cool front moves in, and Wednesday night, the low will be around 18, according to the weather service.

On Thursday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 30, the weather service said.

UG meeting Thursday to include public hearing on diversity and public safety recruitment

The Unified Government meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at City Hall will include a public hearing on the mayor’s and Department of Justice Task Force on diversity and public safety recruitment.

The public is invited to make comments on recruitment and hiring of police officers, firefighters, and other public safety employees.

Before the regular meeting, a special session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the fifth conference room of City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., for a final bond and note sale. After that will be a presentation by the Mid-America Regional Council’s Homeless Services Coalition.

Several other topics are on the 7 p.m. meeting agenda.

Among the other topics:

– A Stormwater Quality Education Grant Program, a requirement of the UG’s Stormwater Management Plan and the EPA consent order. The cost of the program would be $30,000 from the stormwater utility fund.

– Approval of the Solid Waste Master Plan.

– A resolution to waive building permit fees and sanitary sewer connection fees for new residential home construction in 2015.

– Changes to the UG’s policies on family and medical leave to comply with federal regulations.

– Acceptance of a grant of $15,000 per year for three years to promote activities and make improvements to new and existing trails. The Latino Health for All Coalition received the grant from the CDC under the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program. The trails involved include two new levee trails.

– An ordinance setting the occupation tax for digital billboards. The ordinance listed in the agenda called for a per person annual occupation tax of $2,500 for those working with billboards of less than 300 square feet, and $10,000 for those working with billboards of 300 square feet or more. This amount was changed at the meeting to $680 for less than 300 square feet, and $2,718 for 300 square feet or more.

– A report on travel and community event expenses of the mayor and UG commissioners.

– Resolutions issuing municipal temporary notes at $60.4 million, and at $7.1 million.

– Ordinances and resolutions issuing general obligation improvement bonds of about $29.9 million, $3.8 million, $5.2 million, and $21.9 million.

– A resolution to increase the budget to construct a building for fire maintenance and supply and water pollution control sewer maintenance construction, operations, records, mapping and pump station operations and maintenance. Previously, the UG had authorized $1 million for the fire department building and $3.2 million for relocation of the sewer facilities, but the cost is now estimated to be $6 million, according to agenda documents.

Maybe one more day until snow melts

After a cold morning when temperatures at 8 a.m. were at 8 degrees, Wyandotte County should warm up to a high near 29 today, according to the National Weather Service forecast. It could be another day before Wednesday’s snow melts.

Wind chills went down to zero at 4 a.m. this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Today, the warming trend starts. Tonight’s low will be 25.

Friday will be a sunny day with a high near 53, the weather service said. A south southwest wind will be 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph, according to the weather service. Friday night’s low will be about 35.

Saturday continues the warmer weather and sunny skies, with a high near 61, according to the weather service. Saturday night, the low will be about 39.

Sunday’s weather will be mostly sunny with a high near 57, the weather service said. Sunday night, the low will be 32.

Monday, the high will be near 48, and Tuesday, near 52, the weather service said.

Tuesday night and Wednesday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain with the high on Wednesday near 49, according to the weather service.

Cooler weather is expected by forecasters to return mid-week.