Winter is coming, weather you like it or not. | Photo via Jim Rand
We know the question on your mind — when’s it going to get cold again?
Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February.
While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.
Reminder: The first day of winter is on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Think: cold AF. KC is predicted to experience typical winter temperatures for the area, but don’t get it twisted. Typical = cold.
Similarly, expect average precipitation. KC is predicted to have average snow and rainfall amounts this winter — so maybe click save for later in the Amazon cart for the professional snowblower you’ve been eyeing.
Drought conditions are expected to remain but improve this season.
Typically in KC, December’s temperatures fluctuate between an average high of 41.7° and an average low of 25.5°. It is the month with the most snowfall, with 2.5 total days and 4.41 inches of accumulated snow. Heads up — with an average of nine hours and 29 minutes of daylight, December also has the shortest days of the year.
Jump into January
January, like December, is a wintry month in KC, with an average high temperature of 39.6°F and an average low-temperature of 22.5°F. As you can probably imagine, this makes January the coldest month. This is also the month with the least rainfall, accounting for only 4.8 days.
This is the last full month of winter, but it is a frosty one, with an average high-temperature of 44.6°F and an average low of 26.2°F. The average sunshine duration in February is 6.2 hours, with an average day length of 10 hours and 46 minutes.
The most wonderful time of year to get out and explore the city is…
Free Day at the Johnson County Museum | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS | Free | Check out local exhibits (and introduce your tykes to KidScape) without paying the usual entry fees for one day. 🖼️
Thanksgiving Eve Turkey Jam | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 8 p.m. | Power & Light District | Bring two cans of non-perishables and receive free cover at PBR Big Sky, plus BOGO bottle service + holiday drinks. 🥂
Danielle Nicole Band | Wednesday, Nov. 23 | 8 p.m. | Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave., Kansas City, MO | $35-$60 | This KC-native blues musician is back for her sixth-annual Thanksgiving Eve show.
Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Day Run | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 8:35 a.m. | Ward Parkway Center, 8600 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO | $27-$44 | Your 5k or 10k run will end with a sweet prize: a 6-inch pie. 🥧
Thanksgiving With The Schwag | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 8:30 p.m. | Uptown Theater | $15 | Remember the legendary Grateful Dead while rocking out to this tribute band.
Future Fashion Seminar | Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Little Theatre, 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO | Prices vary | Don your best fits and come for a clothing professionals Q+A, refreshments, and networking. 👗
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Want to be one of the first to test out the new KCI terminal? Now’s your chance. The Build KCI team is seeking volunteers to participate in a one-day simulation event for operational readiness purposes. The event will take place mid-February. Apply here. ✈️
There’s a new coffee spot in town. Frost Coffee and Tea is now open — located at 300 SW Main St., Lee’s Summit, MO. The biz is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu features tea, coffee, and pastries, with dairy and gluten-free options available. ☕
Diversity Telehealth won the $25,000 grand prize at AltCap Your Biz’s pitch competition — created to mobilize the next generation of KC entrepreneurs. Founder Dr. Shelley Cooper plans to put the money towards marketing + product development for the core product called Come On Now. (Startland News)
KC Streetcar (or should we call it the Polar Express now?) is bringing back its Holiday Jam after a two-year hiatus. Experience live performances on certain days Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 17. See the full lineup. 🔔
While a Chiefs win always has us feelin’ good — this heartfelt moment between Henry Winkler (AKA the Fonz) and Patrick Mahomes had us especially giddy. Winkler raved about QB1 on the Rich Eisen show, ultimately manifesting this special moment. ❤️
Get ready to sing along. The Parkville Symphonic Band’s Christmas concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. — at 7600 Barry Rd., KCMO. Listen to classic holiday tunes + conclude with a Christmascarol sing-along. Admission is free. 🎵
RideKC is looking for a Finance Manager who will be responsible for all accounting functions + financial reporting along with payroll administration at the KC Area Transportation Authority. Application details can be found here.
Need something to bring to your in-laws’ holiday dinner? Grab a special curated Thanksgiving gift basket at the 5th Street Happy Hour today and tomorrow from 5-7 p.m. The baskets will feature goods from Cafe Cà Phê, Lily Floral Design, and Swoon Cookies.
Why wait to start shopping this holiday season? Check out our gift guidesfeatured on our online shop Six & Main. Shop for the pet lover, party host, and foodie in your life. There’s something special for everyone. Let the shopping begin. 🛍️
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What better way to ring in the holiday shopping season than shopping small at the Merry Market?
The Merry Market is an open-air holiday shopping experience featuring the Strawberry Swing’s all-local makers, located at the City market every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These 75+ artisans offer unique gifts, including ceramics, paintings, photography, and woodwork.
The festivities don’t stop there — you can check out these food + drink vendors, holiday tunes, and family-friendly activities:
🛍️ Shop seasonal selections of Farmers Market vendors 📚 Check out the Kansas City Public Library’s Holiday Book-mobile 🎶 Listen to performances from the KC Women’s Chorus 🎙️ Participate in a special live broadcast from 90.9 The Bridge
The market’s opening weekend is Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Admission to the market is free.
Today’s issue was written by Bella.
Editor’s pick: As the holidays roll in, I have found myself craving drinks that fit the mood. Enter: espresso martinis. I love ‘em, but I have one problem — I can’t find any in KC. This weekend I struck out at three bars asking for one. I need your help Kansas Citians, where can I get a quality espresso martini out on the town? 🍸
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