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Wichita weather: Black ice early before sunshine lifts highs to the 40s

(Dec. 1, 2015)
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Black ice triggered a handful of crashes early in Tuesday morning’s commute in the Wichita metropolitan area, authorities said.

The crashes were primarily on elevated sections of freeways such as Kellogg and I-235, though no serious injuries have been reported.

The black ice is the product of moisture remaining overnight and temperatures dipping into the mid-20s. But temperatures will recover to the mid-40s today under sunny skies, forecasters say.

It’ll turn windy as the warmer temperatures arrive, with west winds pushing into the upper teens by afternoon. Gusts could approach 30 miles an hour.

Lows tonight will again be quite chilly, settling into the mid-20s. Wednesday will offer more sunshine and highs in the mid-40s. Winds will be gusty again, though they’ll switch to the north.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

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