Slick roads from light snow to severe thunderstorms: KC could see wide variety of weather

Rain, maybe some light snow, and then a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms — the Kansas City area could see a wide swing of weather conditions this week, according to the National Weather Service.

The metro got off to a chilly start Monday as temperatures dropped below freezing and wind chills fell into the teens at Kansas City International Airport.

Temperatures are expected to rebound to the 50s under sunny skies Monday afternoon. Light rain, however, is expected to return overnight.

With temperatures dropping to around or below freezing, a mix of rain and snow is possible just north of the metro. Snow is possible in far northwest Missouri, the weather service said.

“It would not be surprising if you woke up to snowflakes falling Tuesday morning,” the weather service said in its forecast discussion. “No accumulations are expected, but a slick spot or two during the morning commute is possible.”

The rain is expected to come to an end Tuesday morning. Skies will gradually clear and temperatures will return to the low 50s.

A mid-week warm up is expected as temperatures climb to around 60 on Wednesday and low 70s on Thursday.

A strong storm system is expected to move into the area Thursday into Friday, bringing the possibility of rain overnight Thursday. Strong gusty winds and heavy rains are the main threat, the weather service said.

There is potential for strong to severe thunderstorms across the region Friday afternoon into the evening, the weather service said. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats. The risk for tornadoes is low for the Kansas City area at this time.

Uncertainty, however, remains on the specific timing, intensity and coverage of these storms, the weather service said.