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A warmer Friday than expected for Wichita

Remember those forecasts for a frigid Friday in the Wichita metropolitan area, complete with snow flurries? Forget them.

Yes, a front is moving through the area, said Rob Cox, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita. But it hasn’t got much to work with, he said.

“There’s not much moisture and there’s not much cold air behind it,” Cox said.

What that translates into – for Friday, at least – is a nicer day than predicted much of the week: highs in the mid- to upper 40s under cloudy skies. North winds will blow steadily in the teens and gust to more than 20 miles an hour.

The weekend will offer sunshine and highs in the upper 30s on Saturday and clouds and temperatures in the mid-40s on Sunday. But Christmas week will be dominated by much colder air, Cox said, when highs in the 30s may be “optimistic.”

In other words, Santa would feel right at home.

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