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Strong winds down power lines near Salina

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 8:18 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 11:15 p.m.

When a cold front pushed through central Kansas on Sunday night, 60 mph winds toppled power lines near Salina, caused some grass fires due to arcing lines and closed a portion of I-135. They also kicked up dust in western Kansas, causing near zero visibility on I-70.

The front hit Wichita about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. McConnell Air Force Base reported 60 mph winds, according to Jerilyn Billings Wright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Temperatures immediately began plummeting, and there were some reports of snow flurries.

Wichitans can expect to wake up to temperatures in the low teens on Monday, Billings Wright said.

The winds were expected to diminish as the night continues.

The strongest winds were recorded during the first 30 minutes to an hour as the front passed through.

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