Monthly Archives: January 2014

Friday night’s weather

Here’s a map from the National Weather Service showing what eastern Kansas can expect from tonight’s wintry precipitation:

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Friday could offer a double helping of glaze for the Wichita area

The morning commute may be decorated with a light glaze in the Wichita metropolitan area Friday, weather officials say.

It won’t be much, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jakub said, but it could still make untreated roads slick.

“The ground is still frozen,” Jakub said. “Any time you get any liquid on the surface, it’ll freeze pretty fast.”

Another round of wintry precipitation – freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet – is possible Friday night as well, Jakub said. The moisture could then transition to snow early Saturday morning.

The snowfall won’t amount to much, though: an inch or less in the Wichita area, Jakub said.

A more potent winter system is expected early next week, he said, when most of Kansas could see 2 to 4 inches of snow Monday and Tuesday.

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Wichita weather: Breezy early and a bit warmer

It’ll be a windy morning in the Wichita metropolitan area Thursday, forecasters say, but as the temperatures climb the winds will ease.

Highs will reach the upper 40s under partly sunny skies. South winds will be in the upper teens and 20s early, with gusts approaching 40 miles an hour at times, forecasters say. Later in the day, however, the winds will ease to the single digits.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-20s. Winds will shift to the north, gusting to more than 25 miles an hour at times.

Friday will be chilly, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the low 30s. North winds will be in the teens under cloudy skies, again gusting to more than 25 miles an hour at times.

Chances for snow, freezing drizzle and sleet arrive Friday evening, forecasters say. Check later forecasts for more details on the wintry weather anticipated.

Chances for snow will then continue for the next several days in the Wichita area.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Warmer but windy

Sunny skies will prevail in the Wichita area today, forecasters say, and temperatures will climb significantly.

But winds will, too, putting some bite into what would otherwise be a much more pleasant day than the first two days of the work week. Highs should reach the mid-40s, forecasters say, but south winds will intensify as the day extends – gusting at times to nearly 35 miles an hour.

Overnight lows will bottom out in the upper 20s under mostly clear skies, with the southerly winds remaining robust. Steady breezes will be in the upper teens to mid-20s, with gusts reaching the mid-30s.

Thursday should offer more clouds as temperatures approach 50, forecasters say. The south winds will be strong in the morning, gusting again above 30 miles an hour before easing in the afternoon.

Those winds will shift to the north-northwest overnight, as temperatures settle in the low 20s, before Friday arrives with another round of colder weather. Highs will only make it to the mid-30s, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Not as cold

It’ll be notably warmer today in the Wichita area, forecasters say – but after the harsh cold of Monday, that doesn’t take a great deal.

Highs today are expected to reach the low 30s, but not before wind chills again linger near 0 early in the day. Winds will ease to single digits under mostly cloudy skies, becoming westerly during the day.

Lows tonight will dip into the teens, with light winds out of the west-northwest easing to stillness.

Wednesday offers more sunshine, forecasters say, but also much more wind. Highs could reach the mid-40s – or about the normal high for this time of year – with winds stirring from the south into the teens and then the low 20s by afternoon. Gusts could approach 35 miles an hour.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Plunged back into the freezer

The roller coaster of temperatures took another steep plunge Sunday night and early Monday morning in the Wichita area, dropping almost 50 degrees in little more than 12 hours.

The result for Wichita will be a frigid Monday, forecasters say. Highs will only be in the low 20s, with wind chills dropping below 0 under mostly cloudy skies. North winds will be blustery, blowing steadily in the teens and gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

All this after a Sunday afternoon high of 62 and an overnight low projected to dive into the low teens, forecasters say.

It’ll be colder yet tonight, with highs in the single digits throughout the Wichita area and wind chills dropping below 0. Tuesday’s high could climb into the low 30s, forecasters say, with a few snow flurries possible.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

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Wichita weather: Not as cold, but still quite windy

Friday won’t be as frigid as Thursday was in the Wichita area, forecasters say, but early wind chills will still be well below 0.

South winds will help boost temperatures into the upper 40s under sunny skies, but those winds will intensify as the day stretches out. Steady winds will reach the mid-20s by afternoon, gusting to more than 35 miles an hour.

Lows tonight will not drop below the 30s, forecasters say, and highs over the weekend will soar into the mid-50s under sunny skies.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Wichita weather: Brrrrrrr!

A nasty dose of winter is on the menu for Wichita and most of Kansas today, with frigid temperatures and bitter wind chills well below 0.

Highs won’t get out of the teens in the Wichita area, forecasters say, and gusty north winds will push daytime wind chills to -15 or lower. Skies will be sunny, but northerly winds topping 25 miles an hour at times will make the sun seem largely irrelevant.

Overnight lows will drop to about 10 under mostly clear skies, forecasters say, with winds easing and shifting to the south. But wind chills will still be below 0 at times.

Friday will be notably warmer, forecasters say, thanks to those south winds. Highs could top 40, but those southerly breezes will nonetheless push wind chills into the negative numbers again. Gusts could top 35 miles an hour.

The weekend will be sunny and warmer, with highs in the 50s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Bitter cold arrives tonight

A robust arctic front will bring bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills to Kansas tonight and tomorrow.

Here’s a graphic produced by the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service:

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A wind chill advisory is in effect from midnight tonight until 11 a.m. Thursday for more than 90 counties in Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Lows will dip close to or below 0 in the region by dawn Thursday, said Suzanne Fortin, meteorologist in charge of the branch. Wind chills will be as low as -15 in Wichita and colder north of the metropolitan area.

“It’s going to be a really cold early start (to the day) and then not warming up too much,” Fortin said.

Highs will top out in the upper teens in Wichita. Temperatures will slide back into the single digits early Friday morning, but Fortin said a wind shift to the south will allow Friday’s highs to recover into the 30s.

Wichita weather: Windy and a bit warmer

Highs will rebound back into the 40s today under sunny skies in the Wichita area, forecasters say, but there’ll be plenty of wind to go along with it.

Northerly winds will be in the teens, gusting at times to nearly 25 miles an hour. Then a strong cold front pushes through the region, forecasters say, sending lows diving into the single digits overnight. Wind chills will drop well below 0.

Thursday figures to be frigid in Wichita, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the upper teens to perhaps 20. Skies will be cloudy in the morning and then gradually clear. Wind chills could be as low as -10 at times.

North-northeast winds will be in the teens, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour at times. But those winds will ease into the single digits later in the day.

Lows Thursday night and early Friday morning will drop near single digits again, forecasters say. Winds will shift to the south but remain light.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.