Meteorologist Mark Larson says we'll enjoy on more day of tolerable temperatures Friday before we get slammed by another blast of Arctic air that will blow into Kansas this weekend then stick around through early next week.
We'll see a mix of sun and high clouds Friday with highs ranging from the mid to upper 50s west to the 40s across eastern Kansas.
Another Arctic cold front will start to slide southward through Kansas by Friday evening, shifting winds to the north as it passes through our region.
Temperatures behind the front Saturday be MUCH colder with afternoon highs tumbling into the teens and 20s. Gusty northerly winds will drive wind chills down into the single-digits under a partly to mostly cloudy sky.
The weekend surge of polar air will probably crank-up a few, brief, snow showers or flurries for parts of our state from time to time but we're not expecting any accumulation.
Fresh northerly winds make it feel like the teens below zero at times Sunday and Monday and a Storm Team 12 Weather Alert has been issued for New Years Eve and New Years Day due to the dangerous wind chills.
The coldest morning will most likely be New Years Day when lows drop below zero early Monday morning followed by highs in the low to mid-teens that afternoon despite lots of sunshine.
Our region should "warm" back up into the 20s and 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday.
WICHITA AREA FORECAST:
Today: Mostly to partly cloudy. Wind: S 10-20; gusty at times. High: 42.
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Wind: S/N 15-25; gusty. Low: 14.
Tomorrow: Mostly to partly cloudy, breezy. Wind: N/NE 10-20; gusty. High: 20.
Tomorrow night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Wind: NE 10-15. Low: 5.
Sun: High: 12 Mostly cloudy, breezy.
New Year's Day: High: 13 Low: -3 Partly cloudy.
Tue: High: 26 Low: 2 Partly cloudy.
Wed: High: 29 Low: 15 Mostly sunny, breezy.
Thu: High: 23 Low: 8 Partly cloudy.
Fri: High: 33 Low: 14 Mostly to partly cloudy.