Warm weather makes for mild Valentine’s Day, but it won’t last long

Frosty temperatures are coming to campus this weekend after a relatively mild Valentine's Day. (Rafael Garcia | Collegian Media Group)

It has been a strange month of weather so far, to say the least.

In the first two weeks of February, temperatures have fluctuated between sub-zero lows and mild highs in the upper 60s, and Manhattan is seeing yet another temperature swing this weekend.

While the weather outside on Valentine’s Day was pleasantly mild, temperatures are already starting to drop. Manhattan saw its expected high of 56 degrees at noon Thursday, but with snow on the way, it will be a frigid Friday with an expected high of 19 degrees and low of eight degrees. Saturday isn’t looking much better, either.

Manhattan will also be under a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.

“Roads are likely to become snow packed and slippery,” the advisory says. “The snow is expected to be the heaviest between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., and could make the morning commute difficult.”

East central, north central and northeast Kansas could see between two and five inches of snow on Friday, and although much of last week’s ice has melted, remnants of the packed ice are still visible in corners of campus.

As far as a possible school cancellation goes, there’s no telling what to expect from Kansas State University, as the university is notoriously reluctant to cancel classes for weather-related reasons.

The weekend will be warmer, but only slightly, with highs in the mid-20s on both Saturday and Sunday. Students waiting in line for Saturday’s men’s basketball game at 3 p.m. might want to bring a blanket or two.

I'm Rafael Garcia, and I'm a 2019 K-State graduate in journalism and former editor-in-chief of the K-State Collegian. I believe that much of the world's problems come from a lack of understanding of other people, but by telling other people's stories and finding the good in the world, I think we can increase our understanding and appreciation of each other. Questions, comments, concerns, news tips? Email the Collegian team at news@kstatecollegian.com.