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Kansas City’s temperatures to seesaw before next wintry mix arrives Friday

Updated: 2013-12-11T14:24:21Z

Even though it will be sunny Wednesday, don’t look for the temperatures to be much warmer.

An arctic front is moving through and the cold air behind it means that most of the region, including northern Missouri and northeastern Kansas, has seen its highest temperatures for the day already, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Wednesday’s highs will range from the teens to the 20s across the area. Highs are expected to reach the lower 20s in downtown Kansas City.

Meanwhile, wind chills will be bitterly cold. In some areas, winds will be around 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. That will drop wind chill values to 5 to 14 degrees below zero during the across northern Missouri, according to the National Weather Service.

The winds, however, will switch to the south overnight as a strong high pressure system moves quickly across the region Thursday morning.

The southwest winds will bring warmer daytime temperatures, with highs in the middle to upper 30s Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected for Friday, bringing the possibility of freezing drizzle or rain early then mixing with sleet and snow later.

Snow accumulation totals are expected to range from only a dusting to two inches, with two to 4 inches of snow possible over eastern Missouri.

The greatest chance for some freezing rain and light glazing appears to be from the southern half of the Kansas City metropolitan area along Interstate 70 and southward, according to the National Weather service.

There is some uncertainty with the forecast, mainly with surface temperatures, so the National Weather Service said the amount of snow and ice accumulations can change.

Meanwhile, the storm that iced over Dallas, buried Philadelphia in snow and stranded drivers and air travelers everywhere in between exiting in muted fashion after days of foul weather.

Snow caused messy travel conditions and widespread school and government closures along the Eastern seaboard Tuesday, but turned out to be more nuisance than menace following heavy snows on the unsuspecting Mid-Atlantic region over the weekend.

Public schools were closed in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and parts of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Some schools in Connecticut were closed, while a few districts in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts canceled afternoon activities.

Flights were delayed in Philadelphia and New York City airports.

In Washington, snow was falling at daybreak, but traffic problems failed to materialize as many workers stayed home. Non-emergency federal employees were granted excused absences, and others were told to telecommute, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said.

The snow ended before the evening commute in Philadelphia, which was socked by a surprise 8-inch snowfall on Sunday; the new storm brought about 2 inches.

The Associated Press provided some information for this story.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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