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December 9, 2012

Wintry chill blows into Wichita area Sunday

The coldest temperatures so far this season arrived Sunday, prompting Wichitans to find gloves and winter coats.

The coldest temperatures so far this season arrived Sunday, prompting Wichitans to find gloves and winter coats.

The thermostat is expected to plunge overnight to the low teens. Wind chills Monday morning are expected to drop below zero over the Wichita area.

The high on Monday will be 37 degrees.

The good news is we’ll be back to the balmy 40s and 50s by midweek.

The bad news?

Not a drop of rain fell. Not even a flurry of snow.

“We’ve been running so mild that this makes it feel like we’ve had a big change,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mick McGuire.

In truth, the cold front was more in keeping with the December season in Kansas than the mild days that have prompted some Kansans to wear shorts and flip-flops.

The National Weather Service posted on its website that 2012 is already one of the driest and warmest years on record.

Normally, McGuire said, the first snow of the season arrives in Wichita by Dec. 2.

A few flakes of snow were observed falling on Nov. 11. But since then, nothing.

“We forget that our normal high temperature is supposed to be 45,” he said. “This cold will put us only slightly below normal. This cold is just bringing us toward more typical weather we’d expect to see this time of the year.”

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