Warmth could give way to storms that might slow Christmas travel

Get out and enjoy the above normal temperatures the next few days because two wintry systems are headed this way later this week.

Tuesday’s highs will vary greatly across the region. People should expect highs in the mid-30s across north-central Missouri and in the upper 40s to near 50 across west central Missouri and east central Kansas, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

In Kansas City, highs could be in the upper 40s with sunny conditions and winds from 6 to 11 mph.

Lows are expected be in the middle 30s Tuesday night. Warm temperatures are expected to continue Wednesday and Thursdays with highs in the upper 50s to near 60.

But the weather will change Thursday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front pushes southeastward across the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect colder temperatures and the slight chance for some very little freezing rain or light snow Thursday night into Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

A second storm system could move across the region, possibly bringing wintry precipitation Saturday through Sunday.

The National Weather Service says it’s too early to know the type and amount of precipitation the area could receive. However, the potential exists for wintry weather to affect holiday travel in the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.