Temperatures to near 60 degrees in Kansas City, but next winter storm looming

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Jill Toyoshiba/jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

A warm up the next few days in Kansas City could send temperatures to near 60 degrees by Monday, but a change in weather patterns could mean a significant winter storm for the metro next week, according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

Conditions will be a little chilly on Friday as temperatures will struggle to climb above freezing across the Kansas City area, the weather service said. North of the metro, temperatures will remain in the lower to mid-20s throughout the day.

The good news is there will be sunshine and light winds across the region.

There will be plenty of sunshine on Saturday too as temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s and 50s across the region. Typically, temperatures remain at or below 40 degrees for this time of year in Kansas City, the weather service said in its forecast discussion.

Weather conditions will be pleasant on Sunday, with highs topping out in the upper 40s in the afternoon. Lots of sunshine and light northerly winds around 10 mph are also expected.

The weather will be “championship caliber” for the AFC title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead on Sunday, the weather service has said.

The warmest day of the week will come on Monday, as temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s, maybe even the 60s.

But a change in weather will bring an end to the unseasonably warm conditions on Tuesday. A cold front will bring colder air that will send temperatures plunging throughout the day.

Rain will also accompany the front, which will transition over to snow. How quickly the switchover takes will determine how much snow the Kansas City area receives.

“With moisture increasing by Tuesday night, snowfall will become a possibility heading into Wednesday morning and continuing into Wednesday evening,” the weather service said. “There are still significant uncertainties with this system given it remains 5-6 days away.”

The weather service is encouraging people to monitor the forecast closely and think about plans they have for Tuesday night and Wednesday.