Frigid conditions usher in New Year

Nine individuals gather for the 41st annual New Year’s Eve Fun Run on Sunday, December 31, 2017. The temperature was -7 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -19 degrees Fahrenheit.

Snow that fell on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, has remained frozen on the ground — with the exception of a few patches here and there — ever since due to extreme cold.

Local weather has been frigid for nearly a week, but took a sharp downturn in the days leading up to the New Year, with the lowest temperatures coming on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures were at their coldest between 5 and 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, with a temperature of -15 and wind chill of -21.

Despite the frigid conditions, nine individuals participated in the 41st annual New Year’s Eve Fun Run, though how “fun” it was remains to be seen. It was -7 degrees with a wind chill of -19 degrees for the run.

Negative temperatures persisted throughout New Year’s Day and overnight into Tuesday, Jan. 2, with the wind chill never climbing above -13 until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to warm over the weekend.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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