G.C. area picks up rain, but precipitation below normal

4/27/2013

Next chance for some relief is midweek.

Next chance for some relief is midweek.

BY SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

The Garden City area picked up over a third of an inch of much needed — and appreciated — rain on Friday though overall precipitation for the month and year are far below average.

Kelly Sugden, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, said Garden City is about an inch behind normal April precipitation totals, and still nearly three inches behind average for the year.

"But any little bit helps, right?" he said.

Area rain totals were only beginning to trickle in Friday evening. Garden City recorded 0.36 inches while Dodge City received 0.51 inches. Liberal received 0.3 inches, while Kinsley came in with 0.6 inches of rain. Sugden said most stations wouldn't be reporting in until 7 a.m. Additional rain was not expected overnight.

The weekend forecast for Garden City calls for sunny skies with highs in the upper 70s on Saturday with winds up to 5 miles per hour, while Sunday is expected to be sunny with highs in the lower 80s and winds 5 to 15 mph.

Next week, temperatures will be in the lower 80s on Monday, but will drop to the 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sugden said the next chance of precipitation may come on Wednesday as a pretty strong cold front moves in.

"Sometime during the day Wednesday we could see some showers and thunderstorms," he said.

Sugden said forecasters don't have a lot of confidence in the extended forecast because it is all over the place. Some models show the system moving through and then moving back to the west.

"There's a cold air mass associated with it, so if it does that we could see the potential — and this is 100 percent uncertain — but we could see some frost maybe on Thursday morning," he said.

According to the extended forecast, lows Wednesday and Thursday nights could be in the mid-to-upper 30s.

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