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How cold do you like your winter? Weather experts predict a warmer season in Kansas

If the snowfall earlier this week reminded you how much you don’t like the winter cold, you may be in luck. Weather experts predict a warmer than normal winter in Kansas.

All of Kansas is expected to be warmer than normal from December to February, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts say.

Much of the state has at least a 33 percent chance of a warmer than normal season, with areas nearer the northwest corner of Kansas having at least a 40 percent chance of a warmer season, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said in a news release.

The winter outlook from NOAA calls for a wetter than normal season in the far southwest corner of the state. The rest of Kansas has an equal chance for a wetter or drier than normal winter.

Snowfall on Sunday night set two National Weather Service records in Wichita. The 0.7 inches of snow was the most for Oct. 14 and also the earliest recorded autumn snowfall since NWS record-keeping began in 1888.

Monday’s chilly temperatures set two more records. The 31 degrees in the morning is lowest temperature and the 47 degrees in the afternoon is the coldest daily high temperature for Oct. 15.

The weather service predicts some areas of frost early Sunday morning across the Flint Hills and southeast Kansas. The seven-day forecast for Wichita calls for a chance of rain Thursday night and Friday morning, then again next Wednesday afternoon and night. Daily highs are expected to stay in the upper 50s to mid 60s through next Thursday, with lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

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