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Big chill could come Saturday night

WICHITA — Gather in those tomatoes and peppers on the vine.

Bring any special plants you want to nurture indoors.

Weather forecasters anticipate temperatures Saturday night in the Wichita area dipping into the low 30s, low enough to freeze most plants.

"The main show will be Saturday morning when a strong cold front moves through," said Rob Cox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "The wind will begin to turn out of the north at speeds of 15 to 25 miles per hour."

And although Saturday's temperatures may start out in the 40s, Cox said, they are expected to steadily drop throughout the day.

"This could be our first freeze of the season," he said. "Certainly, central Kansas has the best shot at seeing a freeze."

Traditionally, Wichitans experience the first killing freeze by Oct. 28.

In the meantime, Friday's forecast is a good turnaround from Thursday's cold and rain.

Clouds are expected to dissipate by afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid- to high 50s.

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