White Christmas? Keep dreaming Kansas City

It was a white Christmas in 2009, but this year isn't looking to be a repeat.
It was a white Christmas in 2009, but this year isn't looking to be a repeat. Special to The Star

If a white Christmas was on your wish list, you might want to replace it — at least if you’re staying in Kansas City this year.

Early forecasts, which naturally might change during the next few days, call for a dry Christmas in the Kansas City area with temperatures running near normal, said Scott Blair, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

That means highs will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

No hazardous weather is expected in Kansas City through Tuesday. Although there will be light drizzle through the weekend with the increasing chance for rain on Monday as a storm system passes to the north of Kansas City.

Monday’s precipitation is expected to be mostly just rain, as temperatures are expected to be in the upper 40s. Rain totals are expected to be around 1/4 of an inch.

However, some of the rain could turn into light snow Tuesday, but the amount of snow, if any, is expected to be on the low side, Blair said.

For those traveling outside the Kansas City area, they can expect heavy rain and mountain snow in the northwest part of the United States and rain and thunderstorms for the Gulf Coast region, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of the country will be seasonably cool through Sunday.

In the days leading up to Christmas, the northern tier of the country — from the northern Rockies across Minnesota and Wisconsin to the upper northeastern states — has the highest probability of snowfall, Blair said.

“Those traveling in those areas will want to keep a close eye on the forecast,” Blair said.

Meanwhile, the southern two-thirds of the United States are expected to be relatively void of any large scale wintry precipitation, Blair said.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com