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October 17, 2013

Wichita area could get frost Friday night

There is a chance of patchy frost Friday night across parts of the Wichita area, meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser of the National Weather Service said Thursday.

There is a chance of patchy frost Friday night across parts of the Wichita area, meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser of the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Temperatures are forecast to drop to lows from 33 to 36, Kleinsasser said. Frost is more likely in low-lying, sheltered areas, he said. And because the wind will be from the west, the east side of town will be warmer than the west side, because the wind will be blowing the heat from downtown eastward, he said.

If you have tender plants that you want to protect, cover them with sheets or other light covers or cart them into the garage. As you bring houseplants into the house, wash them off first with strong blasts of water from the hose. To force insects out of the soil, soak the pot in a tub of lukewarm water for about 15 minutes.

Tropical plants and perennials in containers of at least 12 inches can be donated to the Sedgwick County Zoo in the administration parking lot from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wichita’s lows already have fallen into the 30s Wednesday morning (38) and Thursday morning (36), Kleinsasser said. The normal low for this time of year is 47.

Friday’s high is forecast to be lower than that at 46. There’s also a good chance of rain, which will help insulate plants in the cold.

“It’s going to be a dreary, raw, cool day,” Kleinsasser said of Friday. “At least it won’t be windy.”

The next seven to 10 days show a continuation of a cool pattern, he said, with highs in the 60s and lows mainly in the 40s.

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