Kansas' reputation for rapidly changing weather will be reinforced this weekend as temperatures plummet and snow re-enters the forecast.
Thursday's high temperature of 66 degrees may be a distant memory by tonight, when the low is expected to drop to 35. Saturday's high is forecast to reach only 30 degrees, with a low temperature of 20 degrees.
Snow is expected to make its fourth appearance this month in Lawrence and Douglas County early Saturday morning. Craig Clark, forecaster with the Kansas University weather service, is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain possibly mixed with snow overnight. He also forecast a 40 percent chance of snow showers during the day on Saturday.
Ken Labas, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Topeka, doesn't expect large accumulations.
"It won't last long enough for anything significant," he said. "It should be a `hit-and-miss' type storm."
Labas expected heavier snowfalls about 200 miles west of Topeka.
Lawrence received three-quarters of an inch of snow Nov. 1, an inch Nov. 6 and 1 inches last Friday.
A tornado watch was issued at 12:30 p.m. today by the National Weather Service. The watch, which includes Lawrence and Douglas County, is set to expire at 6 p.m. today. A watch means that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado.