The coldest weather so far this season, which passed through the region Wednesday, could bring the area's first snowfall today.
But a National Weather Service forecaster says any snow that falls won't stay around long, and precipitation should be out of the area by late afternoon or early evening today.
"There's a fairly good chance we may see some snow run through here between about 9 (a.m.) and 2 to 3 in the afternoon," said Phillip Bills, a NWS forecaster in Topeka. "But I don't think it will be anything real significant, not as far as any accumulation.
"It's a pretty fast-moving system and the precipitation should end by afternoon. We even may see some sun late in the afternoon."
A cold front that passed through the area Wednesday will bring rain with a mix of sleet and snow today, Bills said. The chance of precipitation today is 70 percent.
Conditions should be sunny and cold on Friday and remain chilly all day Saturday, when the University of Missouri football team plays at Kansas University. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
The Weather Channel predicted highs only in the 20s on Saturday, but Bills said temperatures should be in the low- to mid-30s in Lawrence at game time.
"If we don't have any wind, we shouldn't be too bad for the game," he said.
Lows Friday and Saturday were expected to be in the low 20s to high teens, he said.
The extended state forecast for Sunday and Monday includes a chance for rain with lows of 25 to 30 and highs of 45 to 50.