You think it’s been cold? Just wait.
This weekend is forecast to bring the coldest temperatures so far this winter, according to the National Weather Service.
“There will be some extremely cold air coming down as we get into the weekend. It will be the coldest air mass we’ve had this season,” said Larry Ruthi, meteorologist in charge at the Dodge City National Weather Service.
And it won’t be going away soon, he said.
“It’s going to be chilly for awhile. We’re probably not going to really see much warming until towards the end of next week,” he said.
More snow is also forecast starting Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, with about 2 to 4 inches for the Hays area, and like, last weekend, will be accompanied by winds that could make for dangerous travel conditions.
“It’s going to be a very light, fluffy snow. So unlike this last event where it was heavy and wet, this will blow around a lot with the wind of maybe 25 to 30 mph,” Ruthi said.
The cold temperatures will be the greater concern, however, he said.
“The snow is going to be light and easy to drive through. The roads won’t be too bad with the snow. A lot of it will blow off the elevated roadways, but the windchill is going to be brutal up there,” Ruthi said.
Winchills of 15 to 20 below zero can be expected, he said.
The winds should begin to die down early Sunday, but temperatures are forecast to fall to about 4 below zero.
The good news is temperatures should climb back to near-normal by the end of next week.
“We’ll see some gradual moderation during the week. Starting Tuesday we’ll start to come up a little bit,” he said.
Temperatures should be up to the 40s by Thursday or Friday. The normal average this time of year is around 50, Ruthi said.
Bill Ring, Ellis County Public Works supervisor, said he’s been watching the forecast and he and his crews will likely decide Friday morning whether or not brine will be spread on paved county roads for the storm.
It takes about a half day to get the county trucks loaded with brine and sand spreaders and attach the plows, the said.
Crews have been out throughout the week as needed with winds still blowing some of last weekend’s snow over some county roads.