The better part of Kansas will get a drink this weekend, but it won’t be a thirst quencher.
The Reno County area is expected to see one-half inch of rain starting Friday night and continuing through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita. Widespread rain is also forecasted for Western Kansas.
But according to forecasters in both Wichita and Dodge City, the accumulation won’t ease drought conditions on a large scale.
“Will it help? Sure,” said Robb Lawson, a forecaster with NWS Wichita. “But it won’t be anything really significant. We’d need two or three days of prolonged rainfall to break the drought, but we’ll take what we can get.”
Much of southwest and south central Kansas is experiencing exceptional or extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with nearly all of the state seeing abnormally dry conditions.
While the rainfall won’t break the drought, NWS Dodge City Forecaster Greg Tatro said it will beat down fire danger after a week full of fires in Kansas.
“It will help with the fire danger for at least the next few days,” Tatro said. “It will dampen the ground and green up the vegetation, so we’ll see a bit of relief in the short term.”
Rain is expected to start west of Garden City Friday morning, with precipitation becoming widespread over Western Kansas after noon. Rain will continue across the region Saturday, bringing total accumulations between one-half and one inch.