Warm Wednesday, then cold front enters Topeka area, with snow expected overnight

Wednesday afternoon will see spring-like temperatures in the upper-50s, but winter weather returns with a vengeance later in the day, as a cold front enters the area.

 

Plummeting temperatures and precipitation are expected in the evening and night-time hours.

Then, on Thursday, look for snow and freezing drizzle as highs will only reach the mid-30s in the afternoon.

Cold weather will continue through the weekend, as highs will only be in the upper-20s on Friday, in the upper-teens on Saturday and in the upper-20s on Sunday.

Here is the seven-day outlook from the National Weather Service office in Topeka:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday night: A chance of drizzle before midnight, then rain likely after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday: A chance of drizzle before 7am, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle between 7am and 9am, then a chance of snow after 9 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 22 by 5 p.m. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values between zero and 5. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 18.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Monday, Martin Luther King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 4.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 27.

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