It’s likely not going to be a good end of the week weather-wise for the Kansas City area — freezing drizzle and sub-zero wind chills are expected to descend on much of the area.
A light glaze of ice will be possible for Friday morning’s commute as freezing drizzle is expected to spread across the region, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
Although very little accumulation is expected, it doesn’t take much for roads to become hazardous. The National Weather Service said drivers need to be alert for potentially slick roads when they head into work Friday morning.
Sidewalks, driveways and other untreated surfaces will likely be slippery.
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Temperatures should warm above freezing Friday morning or early afternoon for areas south of St. Joseph. However, areas north of St. Joseph will remain below freezing and face the greatest potential for icing, according to the National Weather Service.
A cold front is expected to sweep into the area early Saturday, causing temperatures to plummet. The warmest part of the day will likely be just after midnight.
Any precipitation should be snow after temperatures drop below freezing. Moisture will be limited behind the cold front, so little accumulation is expected.
Very cold temperatures will settle in as arctic air plunges in behind the cold front. By Sunday morning, temperatures north of the Missouri River could be as low as 6 degrees below zero with wind chills between minus-15 and minus-25 degrees. Areas south of the Missouri will be close to zero degrees with wind chills between minus-10 and minus-15 degrees.
The National Weather Service warns that this type of cold is dangerous, so people are urged to layer their clothing if headed out.
Highs Sunday will climb to the teens in the Kansas City area and the single digits for northern Missouri.
The temperature at the time of the noon kickoff for the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans game at Arrowhead Stadium will likely be around 10 degrees, but the wind will make it feel closer to zero.
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The frigid temperatures, however, won’t last long as a warming trend is expected to begin Monday.