First freeze Thursday night for much of Kansas

The first freeze of the season will come to the Sunflower State this week.

“Really, Thursday night and Friday night are going to be the really cold nights statewide,” said Meteorologist Dan Holiday. “Again, it begins in the northwestern part of Kansas. That’s where we will see low temperatures on Thursday night in the upper teens.”

Combine that with wind from 20 to 30 miles per hour and conditions will be bitterly cold in places.

“There is the chance of some precipitation Thursday night into Friday morning, especially in extreme northwest and west-central Kansas,” said Holiday. “This will likely start out as some rain. It could be some freezing rain and then transition to light snow quickly. We don’t expect anything to accumulate.”

There may be a flake or two on grassy areas, but the main issue will be the cold.

For northwestern Kansas, this is really right on time,” Holiday said. “Once we get into Friday night and Saturday morning, it looks like most of the state will fall below freezing. We’re talking temperatures in the teens and twenties across a good part of Kansas. The only area that may be spared is extreme south-central and southeastern Kansas along and near the Kansas-Oklahoma border.”

Once we get past Friday, the freeze threat abates for a few days.