A cold morning for Black Friday shoppers

A sign promoting Black Friday specials is displayed in the window of a J.C. Penny store as shoppers queue up at the door for a 3 p.m. opening, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in northeast Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Regardless if you were already heading out yesterday evening or early this morning to snag some holiday deals, you had to combat with some down right chilly temperatures. However, there continues to be quite the difference in temperatures between our western and eastern counties.

As of 8:30 this morning, there are still spots holding in the upper 20s, such as Concordia and Clay Center, but warmer temperatures are evident as you head to the east. 30s start to mix in ranging from Marysville in the north to Emporia in the south, with low 40s hanging on in Topeka and Lawrence. This contrast is due to some stubborn cloud cover that just won’t leave. Mainly cloudy skies over the eastern counties are helping maintain some warmth, and that’s why some lower 40s are in place as opposed to upper 20s in the west.

However, most of us do feel as if we’re at least in the 30s thanks to some breezy northwesterly winds ranging from 5 to 15 mph. They may not be the strongest at times, but that’s still enough to add an extra punch to the air. The wind chill is ranging from low 20s in our western counties to primarily 30s elsewhere across northeast Kansas.

But once that cloud cover escapes into Missouri entirely, a bounty of sunshine will engulf this region altogether. Something everyone will also enjoy today will be comfortable temperatures. Highs will max in the low to mid 50s today, before dropping back down into the low 30s overnight.

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