The Wichita area is under a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Tuesday after strong winds Monday prompted airlines to cancel or delay more than a dozen flights into or out of Mid-Continent Airport.
Winds out of the northwest at 25 to 35 mph are expected with gusts of 45 mph Tuesday. The winds will make driving conditions challenging, especially for high profile vehicles, according to the weather advisory. The strong winds are expected to continue Wednesday.
Monday afternoon, Delta flights to Atlanta and Minneapolis were canceled, and United canceled a flight to Denver. Southwest and American delayed flights into Wichita.
Winds in Wichita gusted to 53 mph Monday evening, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said. Gusts topping 50 mph were also reported over the noon hour.
Wind gusts of more than 60 mph were reported in Great Bend, she said, and Pratt and Ellis counties logged gusts in the mid- to upper-50s.
Official wind records aren’t kept, but Pearce said fellow meteorologists have noted that this spring seems windier than normal – even for Kansas.