After the mercury reached into the 40s on Wednesday, an Arctic rush of cold air moved swiftly into the Ellis County area Wednesday evening.
The K-State Ag Research Center recorded an overnight low of 8 degrees — but that wasn't even close to a record for the day.
The record low temperature was recorded in 1905, when the thermometer dipped to 25 below zero. The record high of 80 degrees was recorded in 1954 — a swing of more than 100 degrees.
While the overnight low again is expected to drop as low as 10 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service in Dodge City is predicting a warm-up beginning Friday — although strong winds with gusts of up to 45 mph are predicted.
By Saturday, those winds will subside to 5 to 11 mph and the temperature is expected to rise to 50 degrees. A high of 57 is predicted for Sunday.