After 16 days of freezing temperatures, the Kansas City area began to thaw out Sunday and can look forward to better weather this week.
But the risk of black ice remains on area roads at least through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported black ice on some roads Sunday night.
The warming trend started in the Kansas City area Sunday, when temperatures rose above freezing about 2 a.m. That ended a freezing streak of 385 hours — a little more than 16 days, according to the Weather Service.
The forecast for the early part of the week promises increasingly warmer days, with highs in the middle 40s Monday, upper 40s Tuesday and middle 50s Wednesday.
But nights are still expected to get cold, with a low of 29 Monday and lows in the 30s the next two nights.
After a light rain Sunday, the Weather Service warned of black ice forming on roads overnight, as temperatures were expected to drop below freezing again between 9 p.m. and midnight.
The forecast called for a quarter of an inch of rain Sunday, instead of the freezing rain that had been expected. Temperatures warmed faster than expected during the day, allowing the Weather Service to remove the area from a winter weather advisory.
Areas to east of Kansas City, in Henry, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Johnson counties reported some icy roads Sunday.
Because of the cold, roads, bridges and sidewalks could become slippery, making travel dangerous.