Tonight figures to be the coldest night so far this winter, then a little relief is on the way.
Temperatures have been generally falling throughout the day, and the National Weather Service says it’s headed to about 5 degrees above zero overnight, with wind-chill readings between 3 above and 2 below. The wind out of the north-northwest at 9 to 14 mph could gust to 20 this evening but fall off after midnight, easing the wind-chill values.
Still, it could be the coldest night the area has had this winter. Officially at Kansas City International Airport, it got down to 7 the night after Christmas, it was 9 on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, and it got down to 8 last Thursday. The record for today – 10 below in 1985 – appears to be safe.
Warmer days are ahead. It’ll get to 29 on Friday but then only fall back to 26 overnight, the Weather Service says, and then hit the mid-40s Saturday and Sunday.
Also, January will close out with near-normal precipitation, a welcome event in the midst of the drought that’s gripped the area since last spring. January is trypically a dry month. The rain earlier this week pushed the official reading at KCI to 1.03 inches, compared with the normal 1.07 inches. Although the area was close to a foot and a half short of the normal 38.83 inches of rain in 2012, since Dec. 1 the deficit is only about one-quarter of an inch.
National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc