Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather for Tuesday: Plunging temperatures this afternoon

Courtesy of National Weather Service

If Wichita had a groundhog, he would have seen his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning six more weeks of winter.

By the end of the day, it will definitely feel like winter in the area, too. A cold front will send temperatures plunging shortly after noon in Wichita, forecasters say.

“In another 5 or 6 hours, the floor’s going to drop out” on the temperatures, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Metzger said shortly before 8 a.m.

Before then, highs will reach the mid-40s under sunny skies. Early this afternoon, west-northwest winds gusting to nearly 40 miles an hour will give the rest of the day plenty of bite.

Clouds will move in late, but no rain is anticipated. Overnight lows will dip to the low 20s, with winds remaining gusty.

Wednesday’s highs will peak in the upper 30s, forecasters say, before a warming trend lifts highs late in the week to the 40s and 50s.

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