80s today, freeze watch tomorrow

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for 18 counties in southwest and southern Kansas for Thursday night into Friday morning and for 17 counties in southern and southeast Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area for Friday night into Saturday morning.

Lows are projected to dip into the upper 20s to low 30s over the next few days across southern Kansas as a strong cold front surges through the region. Widespread frost and a killing freeze are expected late Friday night and early Saturday morning in and around Wichita, the weather service reports.

A hard freeze watch is in effect for 18 counties in southwest and central Kansas Friday night into Saturday, when temperatures are expected to fall into the low to mid-20s Friday night and Saturday morning. Cities included in the hard freeze watch include Garden City, Dodge City, Scott City, Larned, Liberal and Kinsley.

Cities covered by the freeze watch Friday night into Saturday include Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, El Dorado, Augusta, Wellington, Kingman and Coffeyville.