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Weekend will start out warm in KC. It’ll end with an ‘arctic blast,’ forecast says

After dealing with a few days of cold weather, temperatures are expected to soar to the 60s during a sunny Saturday afternoon in Kansas City.

West of Kansas City, near Lawrence and Topeka, the region could potentially see temperatures near 70.

But don’t get used to it for long, FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria says in a weather update to The Star.

“This is all going to change later Sunday into Monday as an arctic blast builds up in the Arctic region over the next 24 hours and slams down toward the Kansas City area by the end of the weekend,” Lauria said. “By Monday morning, the freeze line goes all the way down toward southern Missouri. Temperatures will be in the single digits up toward our north.”

Temperatures Monday and Tuesday are expected to be between the upper 20s and low 30s. Lauria said the Kansas City area may also see “a few snow flurries” early Monday morning.

The cold air will start to shift away Wednesday, he said.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill said in a Twitter post Friday: “If temperatures next week are any indication of things to come, we suggest making plans to hang those Christmas lights Saturday.”


How we did this story

The Star produced this weather update in partnership with the local FOX4 television station. The station’s meteorologists create forecast videos multiple times a day for the newspaper to include in its weather reports.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.