Bitter cold postpones law enforcement parade, activities across the state

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Law Enforcement Parade scheduled for Saturday in downtown has been postponed to May 12, due to bitterly cold temperatures forecast overnight Friday and the following morning.


It's the latest in a string of cancellations and event rescheduling across the state. As sleet and, in some cases, snow fell across Kansas high school tracks, most of them were empty. Anything scheduled was then changed due to bitter cold temperatures Friday afternoon.


Drivers noticed it too, especially Craig Compton, who said sleet in Wichita slowed his commute down.
"I was going about 15, 20 miles per hour slower than usual," Compton said.


While winter precipitation isn't forecast to be very heavy, the cold will be the biggest effect felt - with record breaking lows expected in many parts of the state.
It's a temperature drop that's good for some businesses, especially ones with heated patios.


"Listen to good music, have good friends around you. It's warm, it's cozy," said Lauri Janzing, a Wichita resident and customer at Mort's Martini Bar. "It's Kansas, If you've lived here all your life you know this is just how it is."


The establishment had plenty of customers Friday evening, many of them staying close to fire pits and heaters.
"I've lived all over the world and I'm telling you, there is no place I have ever lived where the weather changes as quickly as it does here," said Christine Thomson.

A lot of the people said they didn't change their plans, but hope temperatures rebound just as quickly as they plummeted Friday.

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