Parts of western and central Kansas see overnight frost

10/17/2013

By KATHY HANKS

By KATHY HANKS

Special to The Telegram

A frost was expected to cover parts of southwestern and central Kansas Wednesday night.

Overnight temperatures Tuesday dipped to 29 degrees in Goodland and 30 degrees in Scott City. However, there was no frost reported in other areas, according to the National Weather Service. It came close in the Russell area, where there was a report of 34 degrees.

"We had midlevel clouds and that held the temperatures up a little," said Marc Russell, meteorologist with Dodge City's National Weather Service. "But tonight there will be a better chance."

The average frost date for western Kansas is Oct. 17 through the 21st, so it's right on target, Russell said.

Wednesday night had a better chance for frost.

"If not freezing, it will get close," Russell said.

Overnight temperatures in Garden City were expected to reach a low around 32 degrees, with a freeze warning in effect until 8 to 9 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

Scott Smith, meteorologist with Wichita's National Weather Service, suggested either covering plants or bringing in those sensitive to freezing temperatures.

Temperatures in Garden City are expected to warm up a little today, with a high of 65 degrees, with a chance of rain late tonight.

Rain is likely to fall in the area Friday afternoon, but forecasts otherwise call for mostly sunny weather with a high near 48 degrees.

A beautiful weekend is in the forecast from central to western Kansas on Saturday and Sunday, with more moderate temperatures in the 50- to 60-degree range.

But for tonight it's going to get as close to freezing as many areas have seen.

"If people have concerns, they better take precautions," Russell said.

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