April showers, it seems, have begun a week early.
Rain has re-entered the Lawrence forecast and it appears as if it will stay for the rest of the week. The rain has brought with it more seasonable temperatures.
Mark Bogner, forecaster for the Kansas University Weather Service, said today that rain is expected to fall through Friday afternoon.
Bogner added that up to two inches of rain could fall because the storm producing the rain has more than one source of moisture.
"It's coming from two sources: the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico," Bogner said. "The two are meeting up right over the top of us and should give us a lot rain."
SO FAR this year, Lawrence has received nearly 1 inches more rain than normal rainfall amounts, according to records at the weather service.
As of 7 a.m. today, showers had brought the area only 0.06 of an inch of rain, but light rain continued to fall throughout the day.
According to the records, Lawrence has received 6.32 inches of moisture for the year, compared with 4.86 inches expected during the first three months of the year.
This month, Lawrence has received 3.1 inches of rain while only 2.5 inches of rain is normal for March.
TONIGHT'S low temperature is expected to dip to 37 degrees while the high temperature on Thursday is predicted to be only 48 degrees. Thursday's low should be 40 degrees and Friday's high is expected to be 52 degrees.
Other area rainfall amounts recorded this morning were Worden, 0.10 of an inch; Eudora, 0.14; Lecompton, 0.06; Oskaloosa, 0.13; Clinton Lake, 0.10; and Perry Lake, 0.20.
Across the state, light rain or drizzle was forecast today with highs in the 40s north to around 50 southeast. Rain or drizzle with isolated thunderstorms were forecast tonight, and rain may be mixed with snow in the northwest.
Lows tonight were expected in the low 30s northwest to the low 40s southeast. Rain and thunderstorms were likely Thursday, possibly mixed with snow northwest. Highs should be in the upper 30s northwest to 50 southeast.
The extended forecast called for a chance of rain or snow in the west and rain in the east Thursday through Sunday. Highs should be in the mid-30s to mid-40s west to the lower 50s east Friday, rising to the 50s statewide by Sunday. Lows for the period should be in the mid- and upper 20s west to the mid- and upper 30s east.
Highs Tuesday ranged from 62 in Goodland to 52 in Russell and Wichita. Lows were from 38 in Goodland to 43 in Coffeyville and at Manhattan.