Daily Archives: 1 March, 2013

Winter has ended…..

…….at least, according to the meteorological calendar.

Meteorological spring begins on March 1. Yes, that’s not the same as the equinox, but the longer days and warmer temperatures are nonetheless evident by the time March arrives. In fact, high temperatures are expected to jump nearly 20 degrees from Saturday to Sunday.

February was a wet month for Wichita and the surrounding area, thanks to the two heavy snows within the span of a week late in the month. As it is, last month was the snowiest in Wichita history, with 21.2 inches of snow recorded at the National Weather Service.

Here’s an NWS map showing precipitation totals for the month.

It snowed on five days in February and rained on four others. The warmest day of the month was 69 on the 17th, with the lowest high being 28 on the 22nd. So those extremes came less than a week apart.

Wichita weather: Slight chance of flurries

Another round of snow could pass through the Wichita area on Friday, forecasters say, but it should only be light flurries.

Highs will top out in the mid-30s under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be out of the north, forecasters say, intensifying from single digits to more than 20 miles an hour by afternoon. Gusts could approach 30 miles an hour.

It’ll be cold tonight, with lows in the upper teens. Skies will be partly cloudy, and winds will ease to the single digits.

The weekend should offer a welcome warmup, forecasters say, with highs in the 40s on Saturday and flirting with 50 on Sunday.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.