Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather for Thursday: Temperatures recover a bit, but the wind will bite

January refuses to get into a better mood in the Wichita area.

Wind chills were hanging around minus 10 in the metropolitan area in the predawn hours and will stay there through mid-morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said. Temperatures dropped to zero shortly before midnight and were still in single digits as the morning commute began to stir.

Highs will jump to the low 30s on Thursday in Wichita, but they’ll be accompanied by biting south winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour. Another shot of arctic air arrives later today, though, pushing overnight lows into the low teens. Friday’s highs won’t muscle their way out of the low 20s.

“We’re in that pattern where we’re seeing these arctic intrusions every day, day and a half,” Darmofal said. “We haven’t seen this kind of setup in winter in quite some time.”

And by that, he means several years.

Lows Friday night will again be in the single digits, and the weekend brings another chance of snow on Sunday.

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

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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