Sunday's biting cold and frigid winds were a shock to the senses after Saturday's near-record-setting high of 77 degrees.
Such temperature extremes aren't unusual in the Plains as autumn deepens, said Alan Reppert, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant.
Sunday's cold front, which arrived late Saturday night, came courtesy of a low-pressure system moving in from the Northern Rockies.
At least it was predicted, so Midlanders had time to unearth hats, gloves and winter coats.
Organizers of a Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday at Heartland of America Park said attendance was hurt by temperatures in the low to mid-30s and winds gusting to 30 mph.
Winds were clocked between 40 and 60 mph Saturday evening, but no damage was reported over the metropolitan area Saturday night and Sunday.
Winds were expected to lessen overnight and into today.
Cold weather was set to stick around for another day, though, with overnight lows Sunday expected to be in the low 20s. Today's highs should be between 35 and 45 degrees.
The rest of the week should see normal temperatures, with daytime highs around 50 degrees.
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