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Arctic blast, snow possible later this week

Updated: 2013-11-18T17:02:30Z

Enjoy the warm and sunny start of the week because an arctic blast with a chance of snow is expected later this week.

The forecast remains uncertain and it’s too early to tell where the snow might fall, but the cold blast could bring the area its first reasonable chance for wintry precipitation, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

But before the return to winter later this week, highs are expected to be in the lower to middle 50s Monday and the upper 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Then the drastic change is expected as cold arctic air moves into the area Thursday night along with rain that may change over to a snow mix, according to the National Weather Service.

The higher likelihood of light accumulating snows will be along the Nebraska and Iowa border and the northwest corner of Missouri.

The chances for mixed precipitation increases to the south and east. Any precipitation should come to an end Friday morning.

The cold air will remain through the weekend as temperatures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will run about 15 to 20 degrees below normal. Highs are expected to be in the lower to middle 30s on Friday and Saturday.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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