Arctic outbreak will create bitter cold temps and dangerous wind chills

Weather

Wind Chill Advisory from 9pm Tuesday until noon Wednesday
Limit exposure and protect against frostbite

After two mild days this weekend, Monday was the transition back to wintry conditions. Early morning rain stopped before the cold front arrived, but by 7am, the wind had increased and numbers started dropping.

Northwest wind of 25-40 with higher gusts made it difficult to drive and it also caused minor damage reports as temperatures lowered throughout the day.

Wind diminished some overnight. This will leave us with a variably cloudy and chilly day before a reinforcing shot of Arctic air arrives. When the boundary goes across, we’ll get our coldest blast of the season so far.

Greater Topeka Tuesday…
​High: 28, the dropping this afternoon
​Wind: SW 10-20 early, then W/NW 15-25
​Wind Chills: 5-15 late, then -5 to -15 tonight

A vigorous northwest upper flow will continue for many days. Another disturbance may clip the region this morning so don’t be surprised to see a few random snowflakes. Tonight, it’s about a polar invasion with bitter cold and dangerous wind chills.

Wednesday is a day of huge concern for people, pets and livestock. Please make necessary precautions and back up plans in case something doesn’t operate properly or should a place close operations due to the extreme cold. A Wind Chill Advisory is posted for our viewing area late Tuesday night through Wednesday with potential “feels-like” numbers of -5 to -15. Some northeast counties may be put under a Wind Chill Warning for chills of -15 to -30. Stay tuned for potential delays or cancellations.

The polar surface high will track east by early Thursday. As a result, temperatures will moderate to seasonal levels and perhaps go even higher toward and through the upcoming weekend. A trough over the Pacific Northwest may progress over the Rockies Saturday into Sunday to give us more clouds. Light rain or mix may begin by Sunday with better chances of precipitation on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

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Incredibly cold tonight into Wednesday morning…
KSNT Meteorologist David George

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