Tuesday is the last hurrah for what has been a monsoon-like four days across western Kansas, but forecasters warn temperatures will turn cold, even suggesting snow could be in the weekend forecast.
“It’s almost unprecedented to see this many rain days, but this was the last big hurrah this morning,” Bill Turner, lead forecaster at the Dodge City National Weather Service said.
The rain will taper off to scattered showers this afternoon and end by sunset.
“The sky will clear out and we’ll have sunshine and dry out on Wednesday,” Turner said.
A chance of scattered showers will return late in the week, but not the soaking the region has seen, he said.
“This is something completely different, this 100-percent, complete coverage of heavy rain,” Turner said.
Some volunteers of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network in Ellis County have recorded nearly five inches of rain since Friday.
CoCoRahs reports since Saturday morning range from 4.93 inches at a station 1.7 miles northwest of Hays, to 2.92 inches in the northwest part of the county near the Saline River.
Temperatures will turn cold tonight as well, dipping into the 30s, with frost expected west of U.S. Highway 83, Turner said.
A cold front will move through the area over the weekend, as well, and while it’s not in the official forecast at this time, it could bring the chance of snow.
“One of the computer models we look at suggests it will be cold enough the rain will change to snow Sunday,” Turner said.
“We’re in a pretty cold pattern. The days of 80s and 90s are done,” he said.