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Hard freeze expected as colder temperatures move into Kansas City area

Updated: 2013-10-24T19:20:09Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

It’s definitely time to break out the heavier coats if you haven’t already — widespread freezing temperatures are headed our way.

It will be a chilly in the Kansas City area Thursday as northerly winds usher in cool air into the Kansas City region, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Highs are expecteed to reach the mid 40s to lower 50s. That’s the good news.

Now for the not so good news: Once the sun sets, clear skies and calm winds will allow temperatures to drop drastically, according to the National Weather Service.

Lows are expected to fall into the mid-20s across northern and central Missouri by Friday morning.

For the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western and west-central Missouri, temperatures are expected to drop into the mid- to upper 20s, according to the National Weather Service.

That means a hard freeze across the entrie area.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the that is in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday.

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing shortly after midnight on Thursday and remain below freezing until shortly after sunrise on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A hard freeze is harmful to outdoor plants and animals and could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

The weekend looks as though it will be mild, with highs Saturday reaching the upper 50s to lower 60s, making it the warmest day before another cold front moves into the area.

Saturday night will be another frigid night, as lows fall to the upper 20s to lower 30s degrees.

Highs Sunday are expected to reach the mid-50s to 60 degrees.

Rain is in the forecast for next week, but it’s uncertain how much will fall.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com. On Twitter at @cronkb.

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