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How cold is it? Temps drop below zero for first time in 1,047 days

Updated: 2013-12-24T14:31:29Z

It’s not a record, but Kansas Citians woke up Tuesday to one of the coldest mornings in a long time.

Temperatures dropped to 1 degree below zero at 4 a.m. at Kansas City International Airport.

That’s the first below zero temperature in 1,047 days, according to the National Weather Service.

This was the fifth-longest streak without a below zero temperature.

The last below zero temperature in Kansas City came on Feb. 10, 2011, when temperatures dropped to 6 degrees below.

Despite the below-zero reading, Kansas City was warm compared to other cities in the region. St. Joseph fell to 11 degrees below zero, while Kirksville dropped to 13 degrees below zero and Chillicothe tumbled to 14 degrees below zero.

The good news is that clouds moved in, allowing for a slight warming in Kansas City. By 7 a.m., temperatures had reached 6 degrees, but wind chills made it feel like 11 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon for northeast Kansas and northwest and north-central Missouri, including Atchison and Leavenworth counties in Kansas and Clay and Platte counties in Missouri.

Wind chills values could be between 15 and 25 below zero through noon across much of northwest and north-central Missouri.

Highs are expected to reach the middle 20s Tuesday. There’s a slight chance of snow over northern Missouri overnight Tuesday.

And on Christmas, highs could reach the mid-30s to 40 degrees. Thursday’s highs will only reach the lower to middle 30s.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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