Freezing cold today in Wyandotte County

New Year’s Eve will be bitterly cold in Wyandotte County, with wind chills of between minus 15 and minus 25 tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for Sunday, the weather service said.

Sunday’s high will be near 7 with wind chill values between minus 4 and minus 9, the weather service said, and a north wind of 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight, the low will be around minus 10, with wind chill values between minus 15 and minus 25, and a north wind of 7 to 10 mph, according to the weather service.

A wind chill warning will go into effect from midnight Jan. 1 until noon Jan. 1, the weather service said. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur in 30 minutes or less outdoors, according to the weather service. Anyone going outside should have appropriate clothing covering the skin and an emergency kit with blankets in a vehicle.

On Monday, New Year’s Day, it will be sunny and cold, with a high near 7, and wind chill values between minus 18 and minus 28, the weather service said. A north northwest wind of 5 to 9 mph will become light north in the afternoon.

Monday night, the low will be around minus 7 with a light and variable wind, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it warms up a little, with sunny skies, a high near 19, and a calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 10, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny with a high near 21, the weather service said.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov.

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Kwanzaa celebration includes KCK residents

A Kwanzaa celebration took place tonight at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., and continues Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Many Wyandotte County residents were volunteering at the Kwanzaa celebration tonight at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 250 people attended the annual event. Kwanzaa means “first fruits of the harvest.”

Kwanzaa was first started in Los Angeles in 1966; in Kansas City it was started 36 years ago by the National Black United Front.

One of the key figures in starting it was the late Rev. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson, from Kansas City, Kansas. Thompson was the director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in the 1970s. He also helped start the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sunday night will be the finale of the Kwanzaa celebration in Kansas City, Mo., and will include the annual ball at the American Jazz Museum.

A Kwanzaa celebration took place tonight at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., and continues Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)
A Kwanzaa celebration took place tonight at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., and continues Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)
A Kwanzaa celebration took place tonight at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., and continues Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)
A Kwanzaa celebration took place tonight at the Gem Theater at 18th and Vine in Kansas City, Mo., and continues Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by William Crum)
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