At 6 a.m., the wind chill reached minus 18 degrees Tuesday in Topeka, but a steady warm up is on the way.
The air temperature was at its coldest in Topeka at 3 a.m. when it hit minus 9 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Baerg.
Area schools were closed and some community services were canceled Tuesday because of the frigid morning conditions and potential for icy roads. A wind chill advisory expired at noon.
A slow warming trend will begin Wednesday and continue through Saturday. Wednesday’s high is 29; Thursday’s is 44; Friday’s is 50 and Saturday’s is 54.
A front will move in later in the weekend. Temperatures will start to decline into the 40s on Sunday and snow or rain is a possibility, Baerg said.