After basking in record-tying warmth on Monday, Wichita woke to bone-chilling cold Tuesday.
Wind chills were in the single digits and temperatures in the mid-20s at sunrise on Veterans Day in Wichita, as an intense arctic front settled over the nation’s heartland.
Snow flurries were reported in central, northern and southeast Kansas overnight, though none fell in the Wichita area, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The temperatures typical for early January were all the more jarring for a region that saw temperatures climb into the upper 70s Monday afternoon. The 77 logged in Wichita tied a record for Nov. 10 first set in 1927.
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But temperatures plunged more than 50 degrees in 17 hours in Wichita. Wind chills will be in the low double digits with the steady north winds, Pearce said. Gusts have pushed the wind chills into single digits.
The frigid readings will be around for a while. Highs won’t climb above the mid-30s Tuesday in Wichita and aren’t expected to touch 40 again until Saturday, when snow is forecast. Lows will be in the teens through the rest of the work week, forecasters say.
North winds will be bitter on Tuesday in the Wichita area, with steady breezes in the low 20s and gusts approaching 35 miles an hour early in the day before easing somewhat.