The Cold Air Invasion
By: Paul Howerton - Senior Meteorologist
An arctic cold front surged across the area Saturday, dropping temperatures as much as 25 degrees in one hour.
Strong south winds and some clouds kept temperatures from falling very far
overnight. In fact, many locations saw rising temperatures after midnight.
Temperatures at 4 AM Saturday were near or above the normal high for the
image 1). This changed abruptly as the arctic cold front moved
across the area.
The following temperature maps show the progression of
the cold air across the area during the day:
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The front surged southeast across the area during the day. By afternoon,
temperatures just ahead of the front in extreme southeast Kansas were about
20 to 25 degrees above the normal highs for the date. This changed
abruptly as the front moved through. For example, Coffeyville dropped from
68 to 44 in one hour, and Parsons dropped from 67 to 42 in one hour.
The Cold air is expected to remain entrenched over the area throughout
much of the week.
This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.