Kansas headed for a chill

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WICHITA,  Kansas — Spring has sprung. But, where is spring?

Just north of Wichita, there could be frost Wednesday night and some parts of Kansas could even see a freeze.

“People are ready to plant for the gardening season,” says Jeremy Johnson of Johnson’s Garden Center. ” We thought a couple of times we were done with it so, hopefully, cross our fingers, this will be the last.”

Jeremy says he has had his staff move the sensitive plants inside during the cold.

“Yes, it’s a big task,” explains Johnson. “My staff has reminded me, this will be the fifth time.”

But, will it be the last this spring.

“Not necessarily,” says KSN Chief Meteorologist Dave Freeman. “Don’t rule out a snowflake or two. It’s possible.”

The frost and freeze data for Kansas shows the latest average frost in Wichita is April 11th.

“And this is about three weeks later than that,” says Freeman. “That is significant. This is just a wild ride this spring.”

Freeman says we have also been free of tornadoes for the month of April.

“Also significant,” says Freeman. “It’s highly unusual for us to make it into the first of May with little or no tornado activity in Kansas. The top three months for tornadoes are April, May and June so we’ve had one of the top three months go by and we have had nothing. Now does it happen? Yes. We get into these quiet patterns where the atmosphere is just set up to make the big storms elsewhere or to make none at all. “

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