Wichita escapes hard freeze

Gardeners – and wheat farmers – in the Wichita area can breathe a sigh of relief this morning.

The anticipated overnight freeze didn’t occur in south-central Kansas, forecasters say, thanks to stronger-than-expected winds and some convection that brought warmer temperatures aloft down to the ground’s surface.

That combination of factors kept temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“It was a narrow band” of convection, Pearce said.

Narrow indeed: Great Bend dropped to 27 and Russell fell below freezing as well.

Lows tonight will stay well above freezing as well, though there’s still a slight chance of a few snow flurries.