This wintry blast will go down as the coldest in Wichita in many years, but it isn’t likely to set any records.
The record low for January 7 in Wichita is -10, set in 1912. The record for January 8 is also -10, set in 1979.
“The record lows are pretty low,” said Andy Kleinsasser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
The best chance to break the mark for record low in Wichita looks to come on January 9. That record low is -7, and current forecasts call for a low Saturday of -4.
“We have a shot,” Kleinsasser said.
Wichita may threaten the record for coolest high on January 8, but current forecasts call for Friday to miss the mark by a few degrees. The record is 6, set in 1937, and local forecasters are currently projecting a high of 9.
“The cool highs – we're going to be flirting with it,” Kleinsasser said. “It'll be close.”
Today’s record low maximum temperature is 8, set in 1976.
Chanute is almost certain to set a record for coolest high on Friday. That mark is currently 16, set in 1976. The forecast calls for a high of 7.
“That’ll be a slam dunk,” Kleinsasser said.
Central Kansas could see a number of temperature records fall, he said.
Just for the sake of comparison, the normal high for Wichita in early January is the upper 30s, with a low of about 20.