Winter to make a visit to Kansas

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People around Kansas and much of the nation’s midsection will want to dig out sweaters and heavier coats this weekend.

Old Man Winter is dropping in for an early visit next week, weather officials say.

“It’s looking more and more like the potential for really cold air,” said Andy Kleinsasser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Highs Tuesday may struggle to reach 40, thanks to the arctic air. The days that follow may peak in the 30s.

“We’ll be 20 to 25 degrees colder than normal,” Kleinsasser said. “If the growing season wasn’t quite over yet, it definitely will be next week.”

The unseasonably cold weather appears likely to stick around for several days, forecasters say.

Once the cold air arrives, “it gets kind of locked in” through the following weekend and early the next week, said John Levin, a meteorologist with AccuWeather’s Wichita branch.

Computer models also are hinting at something else late next week: snow.

“We might get … a dusting,” Kleinsasser said.

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