High winds for the rest of the day, arctic blast moves in

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*A wind advisory remains in effect until 6 pm tonight for all of northeast Kansas.*

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

Today’s cold front has already passed through, and high winds have moved in behind it. Northwest winds will be sustained at 20 to 30 mph for the remainder of the day, with gusts upwards of 35 to 50 mph at times. Those howling winds could move around some loose items outside, and even bring down some weaker tree limbs. Use extra caution when driving as the high winds could make it difficult at times, especially from traveling from east to west. 

That cool wind will continue to usher in colder air as the day progresses, resulting in temperatures back down into the teens and 20s by sunset.

However, that’s before you factor in the extra cold bite outside due to the wind. More spots across northeast Kansas will experience wind chills in the single digits, if not a few degrees below zero, before the end of the day.

Winds will start to subside slightly for the evening, becoming sustained at 5 to 15 mph. Overnight lows Monday night into Tuesday will primarily be in the teens, but it will still feel like the single digits to right around 0° by morning due to that lighter breeze. There will be slight chance of a few passing flurries late Monday night into Tuesday morning, as well.

Winds won’t be nearly as strong for Tuesday, but still breezy at times with a 10 to 15 mph north and northwest wind. That will keep afternoon wind chills in the single digits and a few degrees below zero to the northeast, with more teens further to the southwest. That will keep things feeling cold throughout the day, even with a mix of sun and clouds overhead.

The brunt of the arctic cold blast moves in for Wednesday morning. Morning air temperatures will be hovering right around zero degrees. With temperatures already that low, it doesn’t take much of a wind to make it feel even colder out there.

A 5 to 15 mph breeze during the morning will just make it feel bitterly cold outside. 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 upwards of -10°, for the afternoon. There will be a mix of sun and clouds overhead once again for Wednesday, but any sunshine will do very little in terms of making it feel warm outside.

Beyond Wednesday though, some warmer weather will gradually make its return to northeast Kansas. Wind chills right around 0° for Thursday morning will get back into the teens and 20s for the afternoon, with actual high temperatures in the 20s and low 30s that day.

A partly to mostly cloudy sky throughout the day on Thursday could see a few rain and snow showers graze some extreme southern areas late in the afternoon into the evening.

30s and 40s return for Friday, but high temperatures will be pushing into the 40s, and even the low 50s, for Saturday. Widespread 40s are on tap for Sunday, to go along with the chance of a few passing rain showers.

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