The weather forecast for Tuesday in the Wichita area may well have even the biggest fans of Halloween howling “Boo!”
Temperatures will only be in the low to mid-40s on a cloudy, cold day – and it could be raining, too.
“It’s going to be pretty chilly” when most trick-or-treaters are out and about, said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist for the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.
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At least it won’t be as cold as central Kansas, where forecasters are calling for a chance of snow Tuesday.
White Halloweens aren’t unheard of in the Sunflower State. Even Wichita has had snow on the ground a handful of times in its history.
The most recent came in 1991, when a record-setting 1.5 inches of snow fell. Much of Kansas was blanketed with snow that Halloween. Salina, Goodland, Concordia, Dodge City and Russell all reported record or near-record snowfalls that day.
Temperatures won’t be low enough Tuesday for the precipitation to fall as snow in the Wichita area. Fortunately, the winds won’t be gusting, either.
And there is a good chance that that chance of sprinkles and light rain may leave or move out of the Wichita area by 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“It will be cool and we will have the light rain or sprinkles early in the day – and that might scare some folks – but we think those will move out in time for the trick-or-treaters,” said Kevin Darmofal, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
They’ll be light out of the east-southeast, but even light breezes in the single digits might add a layer of discomfort for anyone in a costume that night.
Contributing: Beccy Tanner of The Eagle
White Halloweens in Wichita history
Source: National Weather Service