A bitter cold start to 2018

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Meteorologist Mark Larson says continue to bundle-up, 2018 is off to a bitter cold start and we'll see more sub-freezing temps though at least midweek before thawing-out by week's end.

New Years Day will be bitter cold once again with highs in the teens under a mostly sunny sky. Wind speeds will run about 5 to 15 mph making it feel like the single-digits later in the day.

Clouds will pass through our region tonight but everyone will be flake-free with low temps around zero.

Look for decreasing clouds Tuesday with highs around 20 degrees. Afternoon highs should stay at or below freezing through Wednesday or Thursday but we'll get a chance to thaw-out by week's end and into our weekend. High temperatures should climb into the 40s and 50s by Saturday and Sunday.

The next seven days look dry except for a slight chance for rain or snow late Sunday for parts of eastern Kansas.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

New Years Day: Mostly sunny, very cold. Wind: NE 5-15. High: 13.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Wind: NE/SE 5-10. Low: 2.

Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny. Wind: SE/SW 5-15. High: 24.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear, not so cold. Wind: SW/NW 5-10. Low: 13.

Wed: High: 29 Mostly sunny.
Thu: High: 31 Low: 11 Mostly sunny.
Fri: High: 35 Low: 14 Mostly sunny.
Sat: High: 44 Low: 22 Partly cloudy, breezy, warmer.
Sun: High: 43 Low: 30 Mostly cloudy, breezy; O-night freezing drizzle/flurries.
Mon: High: 40 Low: 28 Early flurries then partly cloudy.