By Amy Bickel The Hutchinson News firstname.lastname@example.org
It's on track to be one of the coldest Aprils on record in south-central and southwest Kansas, with many areas across the region setting record-low temperatures Wednesday morning.
"It was a record low air mass with some light snow with it," said Jim Caruso, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.
Some were records set 80 years ago. At Richfield in Morton County, the mercury dipped to 19 degrees, breaking a record of 29 set in 1933, the NWS reported. In Healy, the temperature hit 18 degrees, far surpassing the low of 27 set in 1968.
In Hutchinson, the previous record on April 24, recorded by The News in 1913, was 28 degrees. Caruso said the Hutchinson station hit 25 degrees Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, said Kansas State Climatologist Mary Knapp, 27 weather stations set records on Tuesday and 13 tied previous records.
Many areas across the state didn't get above freezing for the day, either.
"For the month so far, we have set 68 new record lows for the day - just for April," said Knapp. "We haven't finished the month, but the divisional averages are running it as the coldest April on record for all the western divisions."
Temperatures were expected to dip again this morning, possibly breaking more records, said Caruso.
The record low for Hutchinson is 29, which was set in 1910. The low today is predicted at 32 degrees.
"I'm not sure if winter is over yet, believe it or not," said Caruso, "but we will have a nice weekend: highs in the 70s."