You may be tempted to break out shorts and T-shirts today, but get ready to put them away again by mid-week.
The temperature could approach 70 degrees this afternoon - certainly an anomaly in January, but not unheard of, said state climatologist Mary Knapp.
“We’ve had warm weather in the past at this time of year,” she said. In fact, Manhattan has seen 74 degrees in the month of January twice in recorded history: once on Jan. 2 in 1939 and once on Jan. 16 in 1894. The temperature also hit 73 degrees in 1990 and in 1981.
The record for Jan. 28 is 69 degrees, set in 1968, so we’re “flirting with” that record, Knapp said.
The warm spell is the result of Manhattan being on the back side of a stationary front, Knapp said, with south winds boosting the temperatures.
Since the air was warmer all the way from the surface to the upper levels, we got milder air and rainfall - about a tenth of an inch.
Meanwhile, Tennessee, Kentucky and areas to the east had warm air at the upper levels, but it was shallower with cold air at the surface. The moisture is falling and freezing, which is why they’re experiencing freezing rain.
But it will cool down for us beginning overnight. Tomorrow’s high is 49 degrees, and Wednesday’s is 34.
“There’s another system coming through the northern plains,” Knapp said.
There are fog advisories all over north central Kansas, and they’re currently experiencing a wintry mix.”
We could get some of that, Knapp said, but she doesn’t expect much moisture by the time the system gets here.
“If anything, we’ll get snow flurries, something on that order,” she said.
So enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.