If April showers bring May flowers, what might an April snow bring?
Probably a lot of complaining before the May flowers bloom.
Kansas' spring weather, known for abrupt temperature swings, has its pendulum pointed toward the winter cycle today and early Tuesday. An arctic cold front is expected to blow into the area later today. A report at noon today included snow mixed with rain in west Lawrence.
Greg Zamarripa, Kansas University weather forecaster, is calling for a 70 percent chance of precipitation tonight with a low of 38. Phillip Bills, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said if the temperatures dip into the mid-30s or lower, snow could fall after midnight.
Bills said warm surface temperatures should eliminate the possibility of accumulation on the ground or highways. He added that the snow could continue until noon Tuesday before temperatures rise into the high 40s.
"It's a pretty strong storm for this late in the spring," Bills said.
Snow accumulation poses more of a threat in northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota, he said. Those areas are under a winter storm watch today, Bills said.
The cold front also is expected to bring northerly winds from 20 mph to 30 mph tonight, Zamarripa said.
Bills said the temperature should climb to more normal readings as the week wears on. He said Wednesday's high will top out at about 60, with Thursday registering a high in the mid- to upper 60s.
Rain was on the minds of area residents over the Easter weekend. Lawrence recorded a total of 1.44 inches from Saturday afternoon to 7 a.m. today. The rainfall brought April's total to 2.17 inches for the month. The average rainfall for April is 3.27 inches.
For the year, Lawrence has received 8.67 inches of precipitation. The year-to-date average through the end of the month is 8.13 inches. A year ago, Lawrence was inundated with 5.27 inches of rain in April to push the 1991 year-to-date total to 9.87 inches.
Other weekend rainfall amounts in the county were 1.34 inches in Lecompton, 1.29 inches at Clinton Lake and 1.28 inches in Worden.