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Wichita weather: Harsh winds, temps in low 30s

Biting winds will give Thursday’s weather some teeth in the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say.

Highs will crawl into the low 30s under mostly sunny skies, with south winds in the teens gusting at times to more than 25 mph. Clouds will move in late, with patchy freezing drizzle possible by early Friday.

That freezing drizzle could linger through the morning commute, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Schminke said. Warming temperatures will turn the precipitation to light rain the rest of the morning.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the low 50s by afternoon, forecasters say, but it’s a momentary reprieve before a winter storm hits this weekend.

Snow and strong winds pushing wind chills to zero are expected Saturday afternoon and early evening, forecasters say. A few inches of snow accumulation is possible, though the strong winds will limit visibility.

Check later forecasts for updated information.

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