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Wichita weather: Bitter cold follows day of record warmth

A day after Wichita matched a high temperature not seen since the year Charles Lindbergh became a hero by completing a solo flight across the Atlantic and a New York Yankees team sporting Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig swept the World Series, the Peerless Princess of the Prairie will wake up in the deep freeze.

The 77 degrees of Monday, tying the record for Nov. 10 set in 1927, will seem like a distant memory, thanks to daytime temperatures in the low 20s and howling north winds gusting to nearly 35 mph.

That will put wind chills at about 10 degrees for the morning commute, said Jerilyn Billings Wright, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service. Those getting up well before dawn may even see a few snow flurries, though they won’t accumulate in the metro area.

Temperatures will eventually climb into the upper 30s under mostly sunny skies in the Wichita area, forecasters say. The harsh north winds will ease later in the day, but there won’t be any relief in temperatures. Forecasters say overnight lows will drop into the teens for the next couple of nights, with highs not getting above freezing until perhaps Friday.

North winds will be in the teens on a mostly sunny day Wednesday, with gusts approaching 25 mph. The bitter cold will persist, too, with highs not expected to climb out of the 30s through the weekend.

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