Bitterly cold start to the New Year

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Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says a cold front moved through Friday night and cold arctic air will take over into the New Year.

Due to dangerously cold wind chills, Wind Chill Advisories have been issued for the majority of the state Saturday night through Monday morning. With wind chills from -10 to -20 Sunday and Monday morning, frost bite will be possible on exposed skin within 30 minutes. We've issued Weather Alert Days both Sunday and Monday due to the extreme cold.

Tonight, it will be partly to mostly cloudy with lows dropping from -5 to 5 degrees. Wind will be about 5-10 mph, enough to make it feel more like -10 to -20.

Sunday, with mostly sunny skies, highs will range from 5 to 15 degrees. Wind will be in the from the northeast, about 10-15 mph, so it will feel even colder than that. We’ll be in single digits, close to 0, to ring in the new year, with lows back below across the state Monday morning.

Highs will stay in the low teens Monday before we warm back into the 20s on Tuesday.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind: NE 10-15; gusty. Low: 4.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Wind: N 10-15; gusty. High: 12.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Wind: N 5-10. Low: -2.

New Year's Day: Mostly sunny. Wind: NE 5-10. High: 12.

Tue: High: 23 Low: 0 Sunny.
Wed: High: 32 Low: 13 Sunny.
Thu: High: 30 Low: 11 Mostly sunny.
Fri: High: 35 Low: 15 Sunny.
Sat: High: 44 Low: 20 Partly cloudy.