Daily Archives: 22 January, 2014

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.