Temperatures could climb into lower 50s by this weekend; arctic air close behind

The Kansas City area is in for a mini-heat wave as temperatures are expected to climb above normal for the rest of the week.

The warming trend starts with highs in the lower 40s on Thursday and peaking in the lower 50s on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The warmer air is expected to help melt the snow from last weekend’s storm, which might lead to fog and freezing fog in some areas Friday morning.

But those wanting to take advantage of the above-normal temperatures better act quick.

A strong cold front is expected to move across the region Saturday night, bringing a blast of arctic air for Sunday and into next week.

If the forecast holds true, this month could fall between the 10th- and the 15th-coldest December in Kansas City’s 125 year recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.