October 5, 2012

Wichita weather: Cold air plunging into the Plains

There could be frost on the pumpkins this weekend in the Wichita area as the coldest air of the freshly dawned autumn plunges into the Great Plains.

A freeze watch has been issued for late Saturday night into early Sunday morning for more than 45 Kansas counties, stretching as far southeast as Harvey and Reno counties. Wichita is not currently included in the freeze watch.

The colder air will be evident today in the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say, with highs only reaching the upper 50s under party sunny skies. Gusty northeast winds will top 25 miles an hour at times.

Lows will drop into the mid-30s tonight under mostly clear skies, with steady northeast breezes easing somewhat but gusts still nearing 25 miles an hour.

Saturday will bring a slight chance of showers to Wichita, forecasters say, with highs in the low 50s. North-northeast winds will be in the teens.

Temperatures could touch freezing – and bring frost to the metropolitan area – overnight, before temperatures begin to rebound on Sunday.

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