Record bitter cold greets Kansas Citians on first workday in March

03/03/2014 7:31 AM

03/03/2014 1:49 PM

Kansas Citians woke up to brutal, record cold that fell to 7 degrees below zero early Monday morning.

A wind chill advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. across the region as values are expected to range between 10 degrees below zero to 25 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Real temperatures are expected to climb only into the teens across the region Monday. That’s well below the normal high of 50 degrees.

For the morning commute, highways were mostly clear but exits and city streets were snow-packed and icy.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority reported minor delays because of traffic as of 6:45 a.m. About 10 percent of the Metro buses were running 5 to 10 minutes late.

Also, the Share-A-Fare paratransit was in Phase 1, with delays of 30 to 60 minutes possible because of the condition of side streets.

The KCATA will keep a warming bus at 10th and Main streets until noon.

Monday morning’s low set a record for this date when temperatures dropped to 7 degrees below zero at 5:40 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The previous record of 1 degree below zero was set in 1978.

The cold follows record-setting day on Sunday.

Sunday’s high of only 5 degrees was the coldest high temperature for that date. That broke the old record of 14 degrees set in 1943, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday’s was also the coldest high temperature for March. The previous record was 11 degrees set on March 4, 1978.

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