Thunderstorms in the Kansas City area. Possible tornadoes in north-central Kansas. Heavy snow in the northern Plains.
After a fog-shrouded Christmas Eve in Kansas City, meteorologists were predicting some unusual weather and warning of the risk of more drastic activity for Christmas Day throughout the Midwest.
In Kansas City, Christmas should be warmer and wet, with dense fog in the morning and a high chance for thunderstorms and gusty winds.
A freezing fog Saturday morning left roads slick and visibility low.
Later in the day, the National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for 6 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday, with visibility of less than a quarter-mile. Drivers should slow down and take extra caution, the weather service said.
Thunderstorms are considered likely in Kansas City as Christmas Eve turns into Christmas morning. Thunderstorms are most likely before noon and again in the afternoon, according to the weather service. It put the chance of precipitation at 70 percent.
Since 1970, Kansas City has seen Christmas Day thunderstorms only once, in 1973, the weather service said.
The forecast calls for temperatures to reach a high of 64 on Christmas Day. If Kansas City reaches the expected high, it will be the warmest Christmas in at least 45 years, the weather service said.
Heavy snow and strong winds are forecast over the northern Plains, while much of the central and southern Plains, including the Kansas City area, may experience strong, possibly damaging winds. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.
Meteorologists warned of the possibility of tornadoes in north-central Kansas.
“Storms may bring downpours, damaging winds and even an isolated tornado,” according to AccuWeather’s Sunday forecasts for Salina, Hays and Concordia.