Warmer, weirder and possibly wet weather is coming. Today’s springlike feel will give way to a blast of winter by New Year’s Eve.

Warmer, weirder and possibly wet weather is coming. Today’s springlike feel will give way to a blast of winter by New Year’s Eve.

Today should easily be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 58, according to the National Weather Service. But a powerful storm system is moving into the middle of the country late today and into Friday, bringing rain and thunderstorms along and south of a line from Olathe, Kan., to Kirksville, Mo. – a line that runs right through Eastern Jackson County.

Overall, there’s a 30 percent chance of rain, with less than one-tenth of an inch expected.

Not far off, northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas will get a blast of cold air and perhaps freezing rain, but the low-pressure system should keep that away from the Kansas City area for a while.

The rain and thunderstorms move off to the central and northeast parts of Missouri on Friday, and that afternoon the cold moves in, but it will be dry, and any snowfall is expected to be light. It could be gusty at times.

Friday’s high of 53 during the day will give way to an expected low of 14 that night. The high on New Year’s Day will be just 27.

A more moderate pattern – highs in the 40s, lows in the 20s – returns next week.