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With freezing drizzle, snow, frigid temps behind it, Kansas City begins weeklong thaw

Kansas City will begin a week-long thaw Monday, a big change from the weekend that saw freezing drizzle, snow and one of the coldest temperatures of this century.
Kansas City will begin a week-long thaw Monday, a big change from the weekend that saw freezing drizzle, snow and one of the coldest temperatures of this century. The Kansas City Star

After a brutal weekend of freezing drizzle, snow and one of the coldest temperatures of this century, Kansas City will begin a weeklong thaw Monday.

But first, metro residents will have to venture out into the bitter cold one more time, as temperatures across the area ranged from minus-5 to 5 degrees Monday morning. The wind chill made it feel between minus-4 and minus-17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

The warm-up, however, should begin quickly with temperatures expected to climb to nearly 30 degrees Monday afternoon. That will still be 10 to 15 degrees below normal, according to the National Weather Service.

Near normal temperatures will return for the remainder of the work week, with highs reaching the upper 30s and lower 40s Tuesday through Thursday. Friday could see highs reach the mid-40s. The normal temperatures for this time of year are usually in the upper 30s.

That’s a big change from the weekend, which saw one of the coldest days of the century.

On what was one of the coldest days this century, Kansas City residents refused to hunker down. There were still places to go -- as long as you dressed warmly.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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