Kansas City weather forecast: More freezing rain in Missouri
Update: The weather forecast Monday afternoon called for another bout of freezing rain and freezing drizzle in the Kansas City area overnight. This story was published here.
Freezing rain that turned Kansas City roads, sidewalks and parking lots into sheets of ice early Monday moved from the immediate metro area into central Missouri.
The precipitation left icy and dangerous roads in its wake, prompting the National Weather Service in Kansas City to urge: “Stay home unless absolutely necessary for adventure.”
The weather service said a layer of ice up to 0.05 inches thick covered most roofs and roads, with the highest amounts over central Missouri.
Just before 7 a.m., light freezing drizzle and fog were reported at Kansas City International Airport. The temperature was 30 degrees and the wind was 19 degrees.
Although the freezing rain is expected to end across the region Monday morning, surface temperatures will be slow to warm, the weather service said. Temperatures are expected to reach 36 degrees in the Kansas City area.
Weather forecast for the Kansas City area
A second round of freezing rain will be possible overnight into Tuesday morning in northwest Missouri, the National Weather Service said. A light icing will be possible in areas north of US Highway 36 in the St. Joseph area. Temperatures will hover near freezing, limiting ice accumulation.
Temperatures are expected to remain warm enough along and south of Interstate 70, including the Kansas City metro area, that any precipitation will remain light, the weather service said in discussing its forecast.
Temperatures are expected to be slightly above normal for most of this week in Kansas City, starting Tuesday when temperatures will likely reach around 40 degrees. Typically, Kansas City sees temperatures in the upper 30s this time of year.
Average temperatures in the region are record cold
The warmer weather will be a welcome change for the metro, which has seen a recent bout of extreme cold.
“It was cold and it was cold!” “Last week from 1/13 to 1/19 was the coldest week on record for that period,” the weather service said Saturday on X. And it wasn’t that close.
The average temperature during that period was 4.1 degrees. The previous record for that period was 7 degrees in 1930, followed by 10.4 degrees in 1984.
Typically, the coldest period in Kansas City comes between January 10 and 23, when the normal high temperature is 38 degrees with a low temperature of 19 degrees.
The weather service said the extended forecast for the Kansas City area indicates higher-than-normal temperatures along with near-normal precipitation are likely at the end of January through early February.
This story was originally published January 22, 2024, 7:57 am.
(Tags for translation)Freezing Rain