Warmer today, back to the freezer for 2018

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Meteorologist Mark Larson says we'll get a chance to thaw-out Thursday and Friday but there's another shot of Arctic air on the way to Kansas this weekend that will have our teeth chattering once again all too soon.

We'll see a mix of sun and high clouds Thursday when temps soar back to well above freezing with highs ranging from the the mid 30s to the upper 40s.

Another Arctic cold front will slowly drop southward through northern Kansas late Thursday night.

Temperatures behind the front Friday will tumble into the 20s and lower 30s across northern Kansas while most of the south squeezes out one last day in the 30s, 40s and even a few lower 50s, across the southwest.

Bitter cold, bone-chilling Arctic air will overspread our entire state this weekend with highs in the single-digits and teens. Gusty winds will drive wind chills down into the teens below zero. A Storm Team 12 Weather Alert has been issued for Sunday and Monday due to the dangerous wind chills.

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 this weekend but we're not expecting anything heavy right now.

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 into the 20s and 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Today: Decreasing clouds. Wind: SE/SW 5-15. High: 39.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Wind: SW/NE 5-10. Low: 21.

Tomorrow: Mostly to partly cloudy. Wind: NE/S 10-20. High: 43.

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Wind: SE 5-10. Low: 17.

Sat: High: 20 Mostly cloudy, breezy; O-night flurries.
Sun: High: 12 Low: 5 Morning flurries, mostly cloudy, breezy.
New Year's Day: High: 15 Low: -2 Becoming mostly sunny.
Tue: High: 32 Low: 0 Sunny.
Wed: High: 23 Low: 15 Breezy with increasing clouds and p.m. flurries.
Thu: High: 33 Low: 6 Mostly sunny, warmer.