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Bitter cold settles in over KC; snow likely this weekend

Bitter cold settled in across the Kansas City area Thursday morning, pushing temperatures down into the single digits.

And the bitter cold and dangerously cold wind chills will be with us for the next couple of days — with snow and a wintry mix possible into next week.

Here’s what the National Weather Service is forecasting for the Kansas City area:

Thursday

The high likely will climb only into the upper teens. Wind chill values will be between zero and 10 degrees below in the morning and will remain in the single digits throughout the day.

Friday

The bitter cold will still be with us. The temperature will fall to about 5 degrees shortly before sunrise. The wind chill values will tumble to 5 to 15 degrees below zero. The high Friday could climb to the low 20s.

The weekend

A wintry mix is expected this weekend, with snow falling over much of the area beginning Saturday afternoon.

Snow is expected to fall through the night into Sunday.

While it’s too early to predict specific snow amounts, models indicate as much as 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible.

Kansas City appears to be in the path of the highest probability of snow.

Saturday morning temperatures will remain cold, about 12 degrees. The high is expected to be in the upper 20s. Sunday’s high will be in the low 30s.

Next week

Temperatures are expected to warm into the 30s on Monday. There’s a chance for a wintry mix, perhaps changing over to all rain during the afternoon. There’s also a chance for rain on Tuesday that could change to snow Tuesday night and light snow on Wednesday.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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