Bitterly cold by morning; warmer for the weekend


*A wind chill warning will be in effect from 9 pm tonight until noon on Wednesday for Nemaha and Brown counties.*

**A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 9 pm tonight until noon on Wednesday for Republic, Washington, Clay, Marshall, Riley, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, Lyon, Jackson, Shawnee, Osage, Coffey, Jefferson, Franklin, and Anderson counties.**

The brunt of the Canadian arctic air really starts to move in tonight and settles in for Wednesday. A mainly cloudy sky sticks around for tonight, with the ever-so-slight chance of a passing flurry or two. Overnight lows will bottom out right around 0, and even closer to -5° to -10° for some northern areas. Couple that with a north wind at 5 to 15 mph, and bitterly cold wind chills will set up by Wednesday morning.

Morning wind chills will range from roughly -10° to -25°, with the coldest wind chills expected to set up within the northeastern corner of our region. (Wind chills will be even colder to the northeast in parts of the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and around the Great Lakes region, where wind chills there could range from -40° to -60° below.)

Frostbite can set up within a half hour with wind chills at -20°, and can happen within 25 minutes with a wind chill at -25°. With that mind, make sure to cover up as much exposed skin as possible when heading out the door Wednesday morning, and limit your time outdoors. Please limit your pets time outdoors as well for Wednesday morning as most won’t enjoy this type of cold any more than you would.

Actual air temperatures only max out in the single digits and teens for Wednesday, but wind chills will stay right around 0°, and even get as low as  -10°, for the afternoon. There will be a partly to mostly cloudy sky overhead once again for Wednesday, but any sunshine will do very little in terms of making it feel warm outside.

It will be another cold night for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, but it won’t be quite as bad for Thursday morning. Low temperatures by Thursday morning will be right around 0° and in the single digits, with wind chills ranging roughly from 0° to -15° to the northeast.

By the afternoon though, some warmer weather will gradually make its return to northeast Kansas. Highs get back into the 20s and 30s for Thursday under a partly cloudy sky.

30s and 40s return for Friday, but high temperatures come Saturday and Sunday will be back into the upper 40s through the mid 50s. However, there is the chance of a few passing rain showers for early Saturday, and then once again on Sunday.

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