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Winter chill expected to linger

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 6:04 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 11:26 p.m.

There is no other way to say it:

It’s cold, and the cold is here to stay.

“Very cold arctic air is spilling in right now,” Mick McGuire, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Wednesday afternoon.

The high temperatures through Sunday will reach only the 20s. The lows will linger in the teens and single digits.

“The main story is very cold air with light snow spread across the area,” McGuire said.

The good news is that the snow shouldn’t be significant, McGuire said. At the most, it will be a dusting by Thursday morning with light snow falling throughout the day.

“As cold as it is, the pavement temperatures will have enough time to cool down and with a light northwest breeze, the snow will blow off the road,” he said. “It shouldn’t amount to too much.”

Wichita-area students or teachers may be wondering if severe cold will cancel school. The answer: Not likely.

Susan Arensman, spokeswoman for the Wichita district, said “there is no set wind chill” level that cancels school. In 2011, the district canceled school because of a dangerous combination of below-freezing wind chills – well below zero – along with several inches of snow that hadn’t been cleared from side streets.

“Because we knew buses would be up to 30 minutes late navigating side streets, we didn’t want students to be standing out in dangerous wind chill conditions for an extended period of time,” Arensman said in an e-mail.

For more information about the Wichita school district’s cancellation protocol, go to the district’s website – usd259.org – and click on “Emergency and Weather Procedures” in the left-hand pane.

The National Weather Service is predicting another weather system could move into the area by Saturday night bringing another another round of light snow and subzero wind chills.

Contributing: Suzanne Perez Tobias of The Eagle

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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