By Meteorologist Mark Larson
12:23 PM CST, January 11, 2013
Wicked winds and very warm temperatures will be the big weather story for this afternoon.
Extreme winds are developing over western Kansas and high wind warnings and wind advisories have been issued as wind gusts will likely exceed 50 mph! Friday afternoon we will also bring decreasing clouds and high temperatures soaring into the 50s and lower-60s statewide.
The warmth won't last long, in fact Friday's brief spring fling will be history by the time another storm system cranks its way into tonight into Saturday morning.
The late week storm could bring some patchy freezing drizzle or a few flurries to some but harshly colder temperatures and strong winds will bring a winter chill back to Kansas. A very cold Canadian air-mass will descend upon our state behind a fast-moving cold front causing afternoon highs to plummet into the low to mid-30s this weekend and into early next week.
Wicked northerly winds will also drive wind chills down into the single digits and teens Saturday under a partly cloudy sky.
Sunday we'll see a bit more sunshine and lighter winds but temperatures will stay cold only topping out in the lower 30s.
Wichita Area Forecast:
This afternoon: Decreasing clouds, very windy and warmer. Wind: S 20-35; gusty. High: 64.
Tonight: Partly cloudy to mostly clear and colder. Wind: S/NW 10-20; gusty. Low: 28.
Tomorrow: Partly cloudy; MUCH colder. Wind: NW/N 10-20; gusty. High: 38.
Tomorrow night: Increasing clouds. Wind: N 5-15. Low: 18.
Sun: High: 33 Becoming mostly sunny but colder.
Mon: High: 35 Low: 15 Mostly sunny.
Tue: High: 40 Low: 16 Partly cloudy.
Wed: High: 46 Low: 23 Mostly sunny.
Thu: High: 50 Low: 27 Mostly sunny.
Fri: High: 54 Low: 28 Partly cloudy.
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