Record Breaking Cold Air Settles In

Unseasonably cold air that has brought early snow to some parts of the country has settled into Kansas.

The cold air mass contributed to record breaking temperatures in some parts of the state on Thursday, with more possible Friday and Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, record cool high temperatures were set Thursday in Salina, Russell, and Chanute.

In Salina the high temperature reached only 63 degrees, breaking the previous record of 66 set back in 1989. The high in Russell was 60, breaking a record of 61 that was also set in 1989. And in Chanute the high was 66, breaking a record of 69 set way back in 1964.

The unseasonably cold air mass is expected to remain over the area through Saturday. Many low temperature records will be in jeopardy early Saturday morning across the plains, with temperatures falling into the 30s in some areas.

A gradual warmup to more seasonal temperatures is on the horizon. Daily highs will slowly rise beginning Saturday, and by Thursday could reach 80.